Total loan: $2,800

Emprendedoras Sector 3 Group

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San Juan Sacatepequez, Sacatepequez, Guatemala Department, Guatemala / Services

Emprendedoras Sector 3 Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy fabrics, notions, and replacement parts for her sewing machines.

Emprendedoras Sector 3 Group's story

The 32,000 women, like 40-year-old Noelia, who participate in the Friendship Bridge “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and health care services each have to decide how they can best earn an income. They are resourceful, determined, and hardworking.

Noelia is a seamstress sewing skirts, pants, and soccer uniforms. From her home, she sells both at the retail and wholesale level. Three of her four children (4-21) and her husband help her in the business.

Her short-term goal is to open a real store in a section of her home. Noelia is requesting a Kiva loan to buy fabrics, notions, and spare parts for the sewing machines.

Noelia is the secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Emprendedoras Sector 3” in the department/state of Sacatepéquez. There are six other Maya Kaqchikel women in the group who have small maquilas businesses, convenience stores, and small laying hen farms.

They look forward to their monthly meetings when they make loan payments and participate in interactive educational training sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, health care, and advanced training. These trainings cover women’s issues, family matters, health, and business. They are designed by a facilitator who speaks their Maya language and uses pictures, diagrams, roleplaying, and games to share the information.

Every two months, they have access to basic health care services and exams, delivered by a visiting nurse who also speaks Maya Kaqchikel.

Thank you!