Total loan: $2,200

Margaritas De Chuisuc Group

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Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy a blender, ingredients for her tacos, coffee and drinks.

Margaritas De Chuisuc Group's story

Two years ago, 55-year-old Zoila tragically lost her husband. Fortunately, her three children were grown but she needed to support herself. Fortunately, Zoila had a food cart and cooked delicious Mexican “tortas” or sandwiches and fried potatoes. Now, after planning carefully, Zoila decided to expand the business and open a second locale where she will offer Mexican tacos and a variety of drinks. She is requesting her fourth Kiva loan to buy a blender, ingredients for her tacos, coffee and drinks.

Zoila is the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Margaritas de Chuisuc” located in a rural area in the department/state of Totonicapan. There are six other ladies in the group who speak Spanish and Maya K’iche. They are hardworking entrepreneurs with convenience stores and food businesses. Others make pots and “comales” (smooth griddles to make tortillas) out of clay. The women look forward to their monthly meetings and appreciate the opportunity to learn about healthy habits, good nutrition and hygiene, women’s rights and roles and effective business management practices. Every two months, a visit attends to their health concerns and offers basic exams like blood pressure and blood sugar checks, PAP smears, family planning consults and more. Friendship Bridge calls this useful combination of loans, education and health care “Microcredit Plus”.

Kiva lenders, partnering with Friendship Bridge, play an essential role for these women and their quest for a better life. Thank you!