Total loan: $4,300

Las Gaviotas Group

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San Juan Ostuncalco, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy ingredients for her chocolate business and a variety of embroidery thread.

Las Gaviotas Group's story

Blanca, a 49-year-old, married mother of six children all over the age of 15, is a wonderful example of someone who has faced adversity, stepped outside of her comfort zone, and transformed her life. She shares that when she was a child, she watched her parents fight to bring a higher standard of living to the family. And when Blanca married, she made sure that she was a team player with her husband, earning income to cover household expenses including the complete education of four of their children. Two are still in high school.

Twelve years ago, Blanca started two businesses raising animals and making delicious chocolate confections. Now, with her fourth Kiva loan, she will start a third business embroidering traditional blouses/”huipiles.” She will also use part of the loan to buy ingredients like cacao for her chocolate business.

Blanca has carved out extra time to fill the role of president of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank "Las Gaviotas” in the department/state of Quetzaltenango. There are six other women in the group. All have only had a few years of formal education. They appreciate their monthly educational trainings, a critical component of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Topics are drawn from four areas: health, family, women, and business. Every other month, the ladies have access to basic health care services, consults and exams.

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