Total loan: $3,450

Mujeres Cristal Group

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Patzun, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a variety of clothing and various colors of thread.

Mujeres Cristal Group's story

Although many of the women who participate in the Friendship Bridge Microcredit Plus program of loans, education and health care, have little or no formal education, this does not stop them from moving forward. It is common for these ladies to have two, three, or four businesses to support their families and provide education for their children.

This is true of Pascuala, a 36-year-old married mother of five children over the age of ten. She began by selling traditional sweets and breads, sweatshirts and bedspreads. She also embroiders traditional colorful blouses. Pascuala sells both within and outside of her community in the department/state of Chimaltenango. She shares, “I was motivated to open a business ten years ago because I wanted my children to have a university education and to take care of the special needs of my last daughter, who has a physical disability of a cleft palate and lip." Pascuala requests her fifth Kiva loan to buy clothing and various colors of thread.

Pascuala is one of seven women in the Trust Bank “Mujeres Cristal.” Their businesses range from selling clothing to working small farms. They receive three benefits from participating in the Microcredit Plus program. They are able to take out a loan to bolster and expand their businesses, participate in relevant monthly educational sessions (women, family, health, business) and have access to basic health-care services. A facilitator is available for them and attends their monthly meetings.

Thank you, Kiva investors!