Total loan: $2,125

Santa Ana Group

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San Pedro Yepocapa, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy used clothing for men, women and children.

Santa Ana Group's story

Three years ago, 27-year-old Melani began her business selling used clothing. She is a street vendor, who sells to her neighbors and in two nearby markets in her rural community in the department/state of Chimaltenango. She also advertises on social media sites like Facebook and WhatsApp. Melani is married with two children who are 4 and 8. She is requesting her fourth Kiva loan to buy a large quantity of used blouses, pants, skirts and jackets.

Melani is the Secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Santa Ana”. There are seven other ladies in the group who look forward to their monthly meetings. They enthusiastically participate in educational sessions, designed by a facilitator. Since the ladies have little or no formal education, they learn through games, role playing, pictures and diagrams. Topics are relevant to their lives and are drawn from four areas: business, family, health, and women. In this challenging time of the pandemic, they learn about the importance of social distancing, wearing masks and proper hygiene. Every other month, the women have access to basic healthcare services. Friendship Bridge calls this effective combination of loans, education and healthcare “Microcredit Plus”.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for lending a helping hand to Melani and her friends!