Total loan: $5,750

Reinas De Trapichitos Group

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Sacapulas, Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy fertilizer, chicken feed, and high quality thread.

Reinas De Trapichitos Group's story

Aurelia is a 57-year-old married mother of six grown children who are now between 22 and 37 years old. She is a real role model to them and the seven other women in her Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Reinas de Trapichitos” in the department/state of Quiche.

Aurelia has three businesses that include sewing traditional textiles, farming tomatoes, and raising chickens. Part of her income has been earmarked toward the education of her children, who have all completed high school. She is requesting her fourth Kiva loan to buy high quality thread in various colors, feed for the chickens, and fertilizer for the tomatoes.

The Trust Bank meets monthly, and after the ladies make loan payments, a facilitator shares relevant and useful information with them, drawn from four areas: business, health, family, and self-esteem. Since many of the women do not read or write, the facilitator uses pictures, diagrams, role playing, and games to share the information. Their families and businesses (convenience stores, animal husbandry, textile) benefit from the new information that includes planning, budgeting, investing and savings. The ladies gain self esteem and feel more empowered. Every other month, the ladies have access to basic healthcare services like PAP smears, breast and blood sugar exams, and more.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for the vital role you play in the lives of Aurelia and her friends. Their success would not be possible without your generous participation.