Total loan: $3,650

Mujeres Bondadosas Group

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San Pedro Yepocapa, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Clothing

Mujeres Bondadosas Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy the latest styles of pants.

Mujeres Bondadosas Group's story

Forty-three year old Irma is an inspiration to her 7 children who range in age from 7-26. She shares: “I have a 2nd grade education and I am proud to share that I began selling pants eight years ago. I believe that it is never too late to open a business!” Her income, combined with that of her husband, has enabled the couple to send their children to school. The older ones completed 6 years of formal education while the younger two are in elementary school. Irma requests a Kiva loan to buy the latest styles of pants.

Irma and 8 other Maya Kaqchikel women, who live in a rural area in the department/state of Chimaltenango, feel fortunate to participate in Friendship Bridge's “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. In partnership with Maya Health Alliance, these ladies receive bi-monthly visits from a culturally sensitive nurse who speaks their Maya Kaqchikel language and offers all kinds of basic exams, consults and services. The program is called “Health for Life” and it is essential for these ladies since the health care system in Guatemala is underfunded and stretched thin. At the monthly meetings, a facilitator shares information in interactive training sessions on topics drawn from 4 areas: health, business, family, women. Often, this information is shared with family and friends.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for your kindness in funding these much appreciated and much needed loans!