Total loan: $650

Sector Xiloj Group

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Chichicastenango, Departamento El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Retail

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Sector Xiloj Group's story

Underserved Guatemalan ladies, who participate in the Friendship Bridge “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care, are creating their own solutions to poverty. This is true of 22-year-old Maria who is married and the mother of two children (ages two and four). She shares, “It’s a challenge for women to move ahead in life but with commitment and dedication, I’ve learned how to make it happen.”

Maria has a convenience store in a rural area in the department/state of Quiche. Her husband is a driver but does not earn enough income to support the family. So, Maria opened up a convenience store and is requesting her second Kiva loan to buy dairy products, beans, sausages, sugar, soap and personal care products at the wholesale level.

Maria, along with six other Maya K’iche ladies, is a member of the Trust Bank “Sector Xiloj”. The women look forward to their monthly meetings when they offer each other support, make loan payments and participate in educational sessions. It is powerful for them to learn about how to effectively manage their businesses that includes small fruit farms, animal husbandry, vegetable sales, convenience stores and traditional textile fabrication. They also learn about health, hygiene, nutrition and the use of medicinal plants. Because they have little or no formal education, these sessions are important! Every other month, they have access to basic health care services.

Thank you, Kiva lenders, for the vital role you play in the lives of these ladies!