Total loan: $4,025

Esperanza Group

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Santa Clara La Laguna, Solola, Solola, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy different designs of handmade cane baskets in bulk.

Esperanza Group's story

Susana is a 26-year-old married woman and mother of two children, ages four and five. Her husband is a bricklayer. Susana herself understands the tremendous value of education, as she had the opportunity to graduate as a teacher and works at a school in her community. In the future, she wants her children to complete a university education.

For some years, Susana has been dedicated to the purchase and resale of handmade cane baskets. She also raises chickens. Right now, Susana would like to expand her business and buy different designs of baskets in bulk. This will be possible thanks to the sixth Kiva loan.

Susana is a member of the Puente de Amistad “Esperanza” Community Bank in the department/state of Sololá. This is the sixth loan cycle for the group consisting of seven Maya K'iche' women. All of them have businesses in traditional textiles, resale of artisanal cane baskets, chicken raising, and food and cleaning product sales.

The “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, training, health care services, combined with other “plus” services, is vital to their success. They look forward to their monthly meetings, supporting each other, making loan payments, and participating in educational sessions that are the backbone of the program. Topics are drawn from four areas: health, business, women, and family. They consider themselves fortunate to have access to health services, because medical care in Guatemala is poor or non-existent.

Thank you Kiva Lenders for lending a helping hand to these women!