Total loan: $2,275

Amate Los Trapichitos Group

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Sacapulas, Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy more inventory for her convenience store.

Amate Los Trapichitos Group's story

Fifty-year-old Santa has experienced quite a few challenges in her life. She has no formal education and spent her childhood working on farms cutting cotton. She is married, had five pregnancies and lost two children. Her three living children, now adults, range in age from 22-35. They have their own careers as a bookkeeper, nurse and teacher. Santa’s husband worked for a long time as a bricklayer and currently is unable to work because he is quite ill. Santa has had a convenience store for 25 years and also has raised chickens and turkeys. With her first Kiva loan, she could resupply the inventory of her convenience store.

There are six Maya Sacapulteco women, including Santa, who formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Amate los Trapichitos” in the department/state of Quiche. They enthusiastically participate in the monthly educational trainings (business, health, family, women), part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Learning to plan, budget and invest has helped them with their convenience stores, as well as their weaving and animal husbandry businesses. Since the pandemic still affects Guatemala, it has been essential that they learn about hygiene, the importance of masks, keeping social distance and being mindful. They have also learned to use social media to advertise their products! Every two months, they have access to basic health care services. (The child in the photograph has the authorization of the borrower).

Thank you!