Total loan: $4,600

Margaritas Chocolenses Group

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San Pablo Jocopilas, Suchitepéquez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped Zuly to buy a variety of high quality thread for her traditional textile business.

Margaritas Chocolenses Group's story

Zuly is an enterprising 38-year-old married mother of a 13 year old son. Her husband works as a dispatcher in a gas station and when he is not working there, drives a “tuk tuk” or 3 wheeled “moto taxi”. Zuly weaves traditional blouses/”huipiles”, and cooks delicious regional dishes. She also rents traditional colorful outfits.

Zuly has worked all her life. Eight months after her son was born, she got seriously ill and is still recovering. Her family spent all of their savings on her health care and Zuly is now able to pay them back little by little. She is requesting her 2nd KIVA loan to buy a variety of high quality thread.

“Margaritas Chocolenses” is the name of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank that Zuly and 8 other women have formed in the department/state of Suchitepequez. They live in a coastal area and meet monthly to make loan payments. They also participate in educational sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Information about business helps them with their convenience stores, traditional textile and food businesses and selling American products. They also learn about an aspect of 3 other topics: family, women, health.

These sessions are crucial to their success since they have little or no formal education. Every 2 months, a visiting nurse comes to their community to offer basic health care services and consults.

Zuly and her friends look forward to stepping into a brighter future!. Thank you, KIVA investors!