Total loan: $3,725

Las Gardenias De Coatepeque Group

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Coatepeque, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy ingredients for her new sausage business and chairs.

Las Gardenias De Coatepeque Group's story

Adalys, a single 24-year-old mother with two daughters (ages 2 and 4), is motivated to care for her girls in the best way that she can. Although she studied to be an accountant, Adalys has been unable to find work in this field. Two years ago, she opened a tortilla shop making fresh, delicious corn tortillas 3 times daily. The business has grown, and now her customers are encouraging her to add a sausage/hot dog business. (In Guatemala, they are called “cheveres.”) She is requesting her 2nd Kiva loan to buy ingredients including sausages, meat, bread, and corn, as well as chairs.

Adalys has joined 8 other women to participate in the “Microcredit Plus” program (loans, education, health care) of Friendship Bridge. They have formed the Trust Bank “Las Gardenias de Coatepeque” in the department/state of Quetzaltenango. They invest their loans into tortilla shops, convenience stores, and the sales of nuts, personal care products, and prepared foods. Their income helps support household expenses and the educational needs of their children. They meet monthly, make loan payments, and participate in educational sessions that cover an aspect of 4 topics including business, health, family, and women. Every 2 months, they have access to basic health care services delivered by a traveling nurse who is sensitive to their needs. Blood pressure and blood sugar testing, PAP smears, and family planning consults are a few of the services that are offered.

Thank you, Kiva, for extending a helping hand!!