Total loan: $1,750

Estrellas De Alotenango Group

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Alotenango, Sacatepéquez, Sacatepéquez Department, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy firewood at wholesale.

Estrellas De Alotenango Group's story

Maria is a 52-year-old single mother of seven children, who are now over the age of 13. Her husband left her many years ago, and so she had to find a way to earn income. She started a business selling firewood out of her home. Now, she sells to her neighbors and others who live outside of her area. With her support, five of her children finished high school!

She shares, “Since I opened my business selling firewood, I’ve been able to cover household expenses!” Her firewood supply is low, and she is requesting her third Kiva loan to buy more firewood at the wholesale level.

Maria is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Estrellas de Alotenango” along with six other ladies. They are neighbors who live in a rural area in the department/state of Sacatepequez. The women sell tortillas, pies and cakes, as well as firewood. Others are seamstresses.

As they have little or no formal education, they benefit greatly from their monthly educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Topics like health, nutrition, self esteem and empowerment are crucial for their success. Learning about effective business practices help them manage their loans. Every other month, they have access to health care services.

Because of the kindness and generosity of Kiva lenders, women like Maria are forging ahead toward a brighter future. Thank you to each of you!