Total loan: $2,450

Mujeres Chimaltecas Group

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Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy a stove with a grill, straw baskets and all-purpose cloths.

Mujeres Chimaltecas Group's story

Many rural ladies in Guatemala have more than one business to help support their families, including paying for the education of their children. Maria, a 47-year-old married mother of four children, ages 10 to 20, is one of these women. She makes hot fresh tortillas three times daily to coincide with meal times and also has a small poultry business. Her business is popular and it is for this reason that she is requesting her sixth Kiva loan. Maria plans to buy a stove with a grill for the tortillas, straw baskets or “canastas,” and utility cloths. She is excited that her business is expanding.

Maria and six of her friends, who live in the department/state of Chimaltenango, have formed the Trust Bank's Mujeres Chimaltecas Group. With a loan, they will be able to expand their small tortilla shops, restock their convenience stores, purchase additional animals and feed for them, as well as buy more supplies to fabricate or sell traditional textiles.

The ladies meet monthly to make loan payments and participate in educational sessions, part of the Microcredit Plus program of loans, education and health care. Because they have little or no formal education, the monthly educational training sessions about everyday topics like health, hygiene, nutrition and business are essential to their success. Every other month, the ladies have access to health care services like PAP smears, blood sugar and blood pressure checks and more.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for extending your generosity to these ladies!