Total loan: $4,500

Las Marias De Quixaya Group

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San Lucas Tolimán, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Food

Las Marias De Quixaya Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy milk and other supplies to make cheese and snacks to sell.

Las Marias De Quixaya Group's story

Many of the hardworking and dedicated women who are participating in this program of loans, education, and preventative health, called "MiCredito Plus" from the Friendship Bridge, have more than one business. Elisandra is one of these women. She is married, 45 years old, and is the mother of 5 children aged 7 to 26.

Elisandra is a businesswoman who makes cheese and also has a business selling traditional Guatemalan snacks. She needs to continue to invest in her business, because the demand is high. She is requesting her 6th Kiva loan to buy more milk to make cheese, as well as spices, containers, and other raw materials for her snack business.

Elisandra, along with 8 other women, is a member of the communal bank “Las Marías de Quixaya.” They are all from a rural area in the department and state of Sololá. Like her, the other women have small businesses such as: vegetable sales, snacks, food, and cultivating greens such as spinach.

In their monthly meetings, these women participate in educational training sessions that cover 4 themes: health, family, women, and business. She states that she has particularly benefited from learning about and using health measures such as masks and frequent handwashing to avoid the coronavirus.

Elisandra and her fellow group members are enormously appreciative of the generosity of Kiva lenders who are helping them to work on their own development and that of their families!