Total loan: $4,125

La Granja Group

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San Pedro Yepocapa, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Food

La Granja 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 variety of ingredients to continue cooking, besides some new styles of shoes.

La Granja Group's story

Many women are clients of Friendship Bridge. In their childhood they saw their parents getting ahead by being merchants. With the passing of time they established their own business in order to provide income for their own families. This is what 24 year old Karla recalls of supporting her mother with her business. She went to school for six years. For three years Karla has successfully administrated the sales of food and used clothing. She is a woman who lives with her husband and two children aged 16 months and 7 years old. Karla is requesting her 3rd loan from Kiva to buy a variety of ingredients to continue cooking, besides some new styles of shoes. She feels satisfied that her customers are requesting more products.

The seven Maya K’iche’ women in the Friendship Bridge communal bank "La Granja" live in a rural part of the department/state of Chimaltenango. They have decided to support their families and thanks to the income from their businesses (food, medicine, clothing, shoes) are managing to do this. Karla is the secretary of the group and controls the payments in their monthly meetings. Then they participate in educational training, part of the "Microcrédito Plus" program of loans, education and health. They learn about planning, budgets, investing, health, hygiene and nutrition.

The lenders of Kiva, in associating with Friendship Bridge, help these women build their businesses, obtain income, educate their children and receive training. Thank you!