Total loan: $4,050

Santo Domingo Sacapulas Group

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Sacapulas, Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy corn, ingredients for her recipes, and firewood.

Santo Domingo Sacapulas Group's story

Small food stands, covered with bright tablecloths, are frequently found inside the marketplaces in Guatemala. Martina, a 30 year old divorced mother of 2 children, has a food stand that is increasing in popularity! She gets up early each day to start cooking breakfast and lunch for the stand. She gets her older child ready for school who is in the 3rd grade. Martina is requesting a KIVA loan to buy corn, ingredients for her recipes, and firewood.

Martina, along with 7 other ladies, is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Santo Domingo Sacapulas”. They live in a rural area in the department/state of Quiche. The women meet monthly to make loan payments and to participate in educational training sessions. They learn about effective business management skills that help them with their small farms, convenience stores, food stands and the sales of regional snack foods.

The ladies also learn about health, nutrition, hygiene and the use of medicinal plants. Every two months, they have access to basic health care services delivered by a visiting nurse who is sensitive to their needs. This is especially important because the health care system in Guatemala is underfunded and stretched thinly. “Microcredit Plus” refers to the effective combination of loans, education and health care services.

(The children in the photograph are children of the borrowers, who have authorized them to appear in the photo).

Thank you KIVA investors!