Total loan: $5,500

Grandes Mujeres Montufar Group

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San Juan Sacatepequez, Sacatepequez, Guatemala Department, Guatemala / Arts

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

A loan helped to buy raw materials like bamboo and cane in order to increase the production of her business.

Grandes Mujeres Montufar Group's story

Leslie is a 25-year-old married woman and the mother of a one-year-old child. Her husband is a day laborer. She had the opportunity to study for nine years. For two years, she has made a living making and selling artisanal baskets from cane and bamboo. Now, she would like to obtain more raw materials for the business and to buy more cane and bamboo. This will be possible with the third loan she is requesting with Kiva.

Leslie is a member of the "Grandes Mujeres Montufar" Friendship Bridge communal bank in the department and state of Chimaltenango. This is the third cycle of loans for the group, which is made up of 10 Maya Kaqchiquel women. They all have artisanal business, making a variety of baskets of cane and bamboo.

The "Microcredit Plus" loan program also includes educational training and medical attention services, combined with other "plus" services for their success. They look forward to their monthly meetings, supporting each other, making loan payments, and participating in the educational sessions, which are the backbone of the program and include four themes: health, business, women, family. These women consider themselves fortunate to be able to have access to the health services because the medical attention in Guatemala is deficient or non-existent. They receive bimonthly medical attention from a nurse who does exams and brings family planning control.

Thanks to the Kiva lenders for providing the loan support for these women.