Total loan: $4,100

Hijas De Maria Group

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San Pablo La Laguna, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy condiments and spices at the wholesale level.

Hijas De Maria Group's story

Maria, a 46-year-old, divorced mother of six children over the age of 17, is one of many entrepreneurial women in the department/state of Solola who cook traditional recipes for their food stands. She shares that, 10 years ago, she separated from her husband and started a prepared food business, selling her delicious recipes. Every day, Maria can be seen behind a table offering her flavorful foods. On Sundays, she has a small local area where she sets a welcoming table. Part of her income has gone to the education of her children who have completed high school. Maria is requesting her third Kiva loan to buy condiments and spices.

Six ladies, including Maria, have joined together to form the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, “Hijas de Maria”, in the department/state of Solola. Most of them have food and textile businesses that have drawn national and international tourists. During this time of COVID-19, there are few tourists in Guatemala, and this presents unique challenges for the women. They meet monthly to support each other, make loan payments and participate in educational sessions, part of the Friendship Bridge “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and health care services. Every two months, a visiting nurse comes and offers basic exams and services since the healthcare system in Guatemala is very poor.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for the essential role you play in the lives of these women. They are poised to step into a brighter future with your loan support!