Total loan: $2,925

Quetzali Group

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Retalhuleu, Retalhuleu, Guatemala / Retail

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

A loan helped named Ruth who wants to buy popular personal care catalogue products to resell.

Quetzali Group's story

Many of the women like 39 year old Ruth, who lives in a rural area in the department/state of Retalhuleu, work tirelessly to create income. She is the married mother of two children (8,13). Her husband works as a bricklayer, building houses while Ruth sells popular personal care catalogue products.

Her strategy is to offer her inventory in various community stores, as well as to her neighbors. Her goals are to see her children graduate and to be successful. Ruth is requesting her 1st Kiva loan to buy personal care products like antibacterial gels, toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap and shampoo.

Ruth, along with 6 of her neighbors, participates in the “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge that combines loans, monthly educational training sessions and bi-monthly health care services. Their Trust Bank is named “Quetzali” (A “Quetzal” is the beautiful green bird that is the symbol of Guatemala, as well as its standard of currency.) These women have prepared food businesses, and sell chicken by the pound, plastic containers and personal care products.

Since many of them have little or no formal education, their monthly training sessions are of immense use to them. Topics are drawn from 4 areas: business, health, family, women. They are designed by a facilitator who uses pictures, games, role playing and diagrams to share the information. Often they share what they learn with family members and friends.

Thank you, Kiva investors!