Total loan: $4,350

Los Angeles Group

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Santa Barbara, Suchitepequez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy basic grains, flour, lard, and eggs for her bakery.

Los Angeles Group's story

In spite of tremendous challenges in her long life, 67-year-old Amelia has put one foot ahead of the other. As a child, she only had 2 years of formal education because her parents were poor, schools were far away, and it was impossible for her to get school supplies. At that time, notebooks were not used, and students had to use small black boards. She began to work at 13, married a few years after, and became the mother of 4 children. Two of them died, leaving her with two grown children who have accounting certificates. Ten months ago, Amelia’s husband died. Nevertheless, she has persevered.

She makes and sells delicious regional snacks and popular regional dishes. She also sells foods for daily consumption. Amelia would like to buy basic grains, flour, lard, and eggs. This is her third Kiva loan.

Amelia is the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Los Angeles” in the department/state of Suchitepequez. There are 9 other ladies in the group who raise animals, farm corn, and have bakeries and prepared food businesses. Their monthly meetings include educational sessions (health, family matters, women’s issues, business management tools) designed by a Facilitator who uses pictures, diagrams, role-playing, and games to share the information. Every 2 months, they have access to basic health care services. This effective combination of loans, education and health care is called “Microcredit Plus.”

Thank you, Kiva investors!