Total loan: $5,275

Estrella Del Mar Group

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Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy high quality thread in various colors, corn, firewood, and gas.

Estrella Del Mar Group's story

The lack of formal education and inability to read or write has not stopped 52 year old Maria, a Maya K’iche married mother of seven children (ages 15 to 30). She lives in the department/state of Quetzaltenango. Maria is proud that she has been able to send five of her children through high school. The youngest ones still attend. Maria is pleased that she is meeting her goals thanks to the income from her sewing workshop. She has two employees to assist her sewing traditional clothing.

Maria has put aside funds to open a new business. She now has a small tortilla shop where fresh, hot, corn tortillas are made three times daily. She is requesting a Kiva loan to buy high quality thread in various colors, corn, firewood, and gas.

Maria, along with seven other ladies, is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Estrella del Mar”. The women are really excited to invest in their animal husbandry and traditional textile businesses, as well as their convenience stores and sewing workshops. Educational training, held during their monthly meetings, helps them manage their businesses, care for their families, and address issues that they might have. Women’s rights/roles, self esteem and prioritizing expenses are other topics. Every other month, the ladies have access to basic health care services. Friendship Bridge calls the combination of loans, education and health care “Microcredit Plus”.

Thank you Kiva lenders for your kindness in funding these loans!