Total loan: $4,725

La Fe Group

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Chichicastenango, Departamento El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy fruits and vegetables at the wholesale level.

La Fe Group's story

Marketplaces in Guatemala feature a colorful and abundant variety of fruits and vegetables. Micaela, a 49 year old married mother of 9 children (11-30) is a produce vendor. She shares that during the week, she goes to two nearby markets. Micaela explains, “Thanks to technology, I call my customers on the phone and tell them what seasonable fruit I have available. They place an order and then I make a home delivery. " Micaela also sells to local store owners and to her neighbors. She is currently requesting a KIVA loan to buy seasonal fruit (apples, apricots, oranges, papaya, pineapple) and vegetables (beets, carrots, potatoes, squash) at the wholesale level. There are 8 Maya K’iche ladies, including Micaela, in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “La Fe” or “The Faith”. They are neighbors in a rural area in the department / state of Quiche. Being able to manage their own businesses (traditional textiles, animal husbandry, produce sellers) gives them a sense of accomplishment and raises their self esteem. The ladies meet monthly and learn about nutrition, hygiene, the use of medicinal plants, as well as health and family planning. They learn to plan, invest and save. Every other month, they have access to healthcare services. “Microcredit Plus” is the name that Friendship Bridge gives to the successful combination of loans, education and healthcare services. KIVA investors, partnering with Friendship Bridge, are a huge help to Micaela and her friends. Thank you!