Total loan: $3,600

Angeles Group

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Santa Clara La Laguna, Solola, Solola, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a large quantity of cane as well as utensils made of clay.

Angeles Group's story

Cane and straw baskets are widely used to carry produce and a wide variety of goods in rural areas of Guatemala. Juana, a 47-year-old married mother of 5 children (ages 8–25), fabricates and sells them in nearby community markets. She also sells clay utensils. Part of her income goes toward the educational expenses of her youngest child. The rest have 6 years of formal education. Juana is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy a large quantity of cane and a variety of clay utensils.

Juana has joined 7 other ladies to participate in the “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge. They meet monthly in a rural area in the department/state of Solola, make loan payments, and participate in educational sessions. Since they have little or no formal education, the women appreciate learning about health, hygiene, nutrition, and how to navigate this challenging time of the pandemic. They also acquire basic business-management skills like planning, budgeting, and investing. With these tools, they learn to value themselves and appreciate their roles and rights as women. Every two months, the ladies have access to basic health care services and exams. This combination of loans, education, and health care is a way for them to empower themselves and eliminate poverty.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for the vital role you play in the lives of Juana and her friends.