Total loan: $5,450

Las Orquideas Sacatepequez Group

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San Juan Sacatepequez, Sacatepequez, Guatemala Department, Guatemala / Food

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

A loan helped to buy a food cart, a cylinder of gas and the latest designs of clothing.

Las Orquideas Sacatepequez Group's story

Although she has no formal education and has been separated from her husband for 15 years, 53-year-old Tomasa raised five children who are now over the age of 22.

All of them finished high school. Her youngest son lives with her, and she has eight grandchildren.

For 35 years, Tomasa has sold clothing and shoes as a street vender and in various markets. Her short-term goal is to open another business selling french fries.

A Kiva loan will enable her to buy a food cart with a cylinder of gas and the latest designs of clothing.

Tomasa is the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank Las Orquideas Sacatepéquez. There are seven other women in the group, and this is their fourth Kiva loan.

The ladies sell clothing, shoes, traditional clothing, spices, wooden furniture, vitamins, piggy banks, and ceviche/marinated fish appetizer.

They appreciate their monthly educational training sessions, part of the Microcredit Plus program of loans, education and health care services.

Topics are based on family matters, women’s issues, health and business. They are designed by a facilitator who uses pictures, games, role playing and diagrams to share the information.

Tomasa and her friends are anxious to learn and often share with family and friends. Every two months, they have access to basic health care services.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for learning about Tomasa and the women in the group! With your help, they are opening doors to a brighter future!