Total loan: $6,325

El Carmen Group

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Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Clothing

El Carmen Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy a variety of more shoes and clothes to sell for the winter season.

El Carmen Group's story

The average client who participates in Puente de Amistad's “Microcredit Plus” program (loans, education, health care) has 3.4 years of formal education. A few like Barbara, aged 30, are lucky enough to study one year as an accountant. Despite the fact that she did not finish her study, this has not prevented her from working hard together with her husband supporting her family of 2 children (7 and 12 years old).

Barbara began eight years ago selling classified clothes and shoes that come from the United States. She requests the third loan from Kiva to buy a variety of more shoes and clothes for the winter season. Barbara will use part of her income to pay for primary and secondary education for her children.

Barbara is one of the 7 women from the Puente de Amistad Community Bank called “El Carmen”. Most of these women raise and sell animals (chickens, pigs). Other women sell clothes and have daily consumption stores. These women take advantage of monthly educational trainings that benefit them enormously. They acquire basic business tools, learn to take more effective care of their families (nutrition, hygiene, health) and of themselves (rights and roles of women, self-esteem). Every two months, they have access to basic health services such as blood pressure measurement and family planning.

Kiva's lenders are highly appreciated by these women, for the support provided through these funds. Thank you.