Total loan: $2,300

Jesus Group

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San Pablo La Laguna, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy various sizes of firewood to sell.

Jesus Group's story

Firewood is used in over three-quarters of the homes in rural Guatemala to cook, heat water and for heating. Maria, a 36 year old single woman who lives with her parents in the department/state of Solola, has a business selling firewood to her neighbors. Part of her income covers the electric and water bills of the family home. Her business is growing and Maria needs her third Kiva loan to buy various sizes of firewood.

Maria has joined with seven other Maya Tz'utujil ladies to participate in the Friendship Bridge “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Their Trust Bank is called “Jesus”. Since they have little or no formal education, their monthly educational sessions are quite useful. Topics are relevant to their lives and are drawn from four areas: health, family, women, business. They are designed and taught by a facilitator who uses pictures, diagrams, role playing and games to share the information. Often the ladies share what they learn with family members and friends. Every other month, they have access to basic health care services in the “Health for Life'' program. This is especially important as the health care system in Guatemala is substandard and almost non-existent.

It would be impossible for Maria and her friends to walk into a bank to secure a loan. Kiva investors play an essential role in their lives. Thank you to each of you for your kindness and your generosity!