Total loan: $3,500

El Comienzo Group

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Cunen, El Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy more corn for her tortilleria and beans to resell.

El Comienzo Group's story

With a 2nd grade education, Petrona, a married mother of 3 children, opened a tortilla shop or “tortilleria” seven years ago. Two of her 3 children (13,15,17) help with the business along with 2 employees.

Petrona also raises chickens and sells beans. This is her 2nd KIVA loan cycle and with the goal of expanding her businesses, she would like to buy more corn for the tortilleria, and beans to resell.

Petrona is the Treasurer of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank El Comienzo Group meaning “the beginning” in the department/state of Quiche. There are 7 other Maya K’iche women in the group who look forward to their monthly meetings when they share stories, make loan payments and participate in interactive educational sessions. Part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, educational training, and health care services.

A Facilitator designs the sessions and uses pictures, diagrams, role playing and games to share information drawn from 4 topics (business, health, family, women). The training about business helps them with their tortilla shops, sales of beans, and to fatten up their pigs. Others raise chickens and sell eggs by the carton.

Every two months, they have access to basic health care services. This is super important because the Guatemalan health care services are under funded, unreliable and sparse.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for learning about Petrona and her friends and for funding their much appreciated loans!