Total loan: $4,175

Mujeres Unidas De Sumpango Group

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Sumpango, Sacatepequez, Sacatepequez, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy corn, a large cylinder of gas, and firewood.

Mujeres Unidas De Sumpango Group's story

Guatemala does not have a public education system like the United States. It basically is not free. Students' parents need to buy books, supplies, and pay tuition. Most indigenous Maya girls do not go to school or only go for a few years.

Thirty-two-year-old Blanca is Maya Kakchiquel. She lives in the Department of Sacatepéquez. She is fortunate to have a sixth grade education. Blanca is married to an urban minibus driver and has two children, ages 2 and 6 years old. The eldest is in kindergarten, which makes Blanca very happy.

In order to make her child's education possible, six years ago Blanca opened a tortilleria (tortilla shop) in her home and she employs her two sisters-in-law to help. When she has free time, she weaves “fajas” (belts) that go with the traditional Guatemalan outfit. Blanca is requesting a loan to buy corn, a large cylinder of gas, and firewood.

Blanca is the president of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank "Mujeres Unidas de Sumpango" group, which has seven other members. They meet monthly to make loan payments on their businesses, which include embroidering traditional huipiles (blouses), making men's formal suits, and raising chickens. After the ladies have made loan payments, they engage in educational sessions provided by a facilitator who provides relevant training in business management, family planning, and good hygiene utilizing role-playing, games, and charts, which is all part of the "Microcredit Plus" program. Bi-monthly, Blanca can see a visiting nurse for basic healthcare services.

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