Total loan: $2,800

Santa Ana Group

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San Pedro Yepocapa, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Clothing

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

A loan helped Maria, to buy a large quantity of shoes.

Santa Ana Group's story

Seven years ago, 43-year-old Maria became separated from her husband and was left to raise 4 children who are now adults between 18-26 years of age. The 3 oldest have a high school education and the youngest is finishing his high school studies. Three of the children are married with 3 children.

Five years ago, she started selling delicious regional snack foods like tamales and “chuchitos”. Then she opened another business selling shoes which has turned out to be profitable. She sells out of her home. Maria is requesting her 5th KIVA loan to buy a variety of shoes.

As the Secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Santa Ana”, Maria keeps careful records of the monthly meetings. There are 7 other women in the group who live in the department/state of Chimaltenango. They are coffee farmers, shoe sellers and sell catalogue products.

They value their monthly meetings when a Facilitator shares useful information with them drawn from 4 areas: business, family, women and health. They often share what they learn with family and friends. Every other month, the ladies have access to basic health care services delivered by a visiting nurse. This nurse offers exams and consultations including family planning. This useful combination of loans, education and health care is called “Microcredit Plus”.

Maria and her friends send their gratitude to KIVA investors for funding their loans. They are poised to step into a brighter future !