Total loan: $475

La Primavera Patzun Group

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Patzun, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy bulk corn, vegetables, firewood and gas.

La Primavera Patzun Group's story

Every morning, 49-year-old Paula and two of her daughters enter her small tortilla shop or “tortilleria” and begin to knead the tortilla dough or masa that will be cooked on a hot grill. The smell of these hot, corn tortillas is delightful. They do this three times each day to coincide with meal times. Paula is married and her six children, all over 18 years of age, are married. Paula’s husband is a day laborer and also shares farming responsibilities with his wife. They grow corn and beans. She shares, “In this pandemic, I’ve learned how to be innovative and open other businesses. Now, I also sell vegetables and basic grains.” She is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy bulk corn, vegetables, firewood and gas.

Paula, along with six other ladies, is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “La Primavera Patzun” located in a rural area in the department/state of Chimaltenango. They meet monthly to make loan payments and participate in educational sessions. Topics range from health, hygiene, and nutrition to basic business management skills like budgeting and investing. They have learned how to use social media to advertise their products and services. Every other month, the ladies have access to basic health care services like PAP smears, blood sugar and blood pressure checks and more. Friendship Bridge calls the combination of loans, education and health care “Microcredit Plus”.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for your kindness in funding these much needed loans!