Total loan: $4,925

Aj Batz Group

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Chichicastenango, Departamento El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped Anastasia restock the shelves of her convenience store.

Aj Batz Group's story

Small neighborhood convenience stores are everywhere in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. Neighbors depend on them for basic items. This has been especially important during the pandemic since many markets are closed or have reduced hours.

Anastasia, 23, has a small market in the department/state of Quiche. She opened it 8 months ago. She has woven traditional blouses/”huipiles” for a year and is able to make 2 each month. Her husband works in a factory and the couple has a 1 year old son (who appears in the photograph with the permission of his mother). With her 1st Kiva loan, Anastasia can restock the shelves of her store.

Anastasia, along with 6 other Maya K’iche' ladies, is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Aj Batz”. These women have traditional textile businesses and convenience stores. They appreciate their monthly educational sessions when they learn about an aspect of 4 topics: business, health, family, women. Often they share what they learn about nutrition, hygiene and health with family and friends. Their business training sessions are critical to the success of their businesses. They learn to plan, budget, invest and prioritize expenses. Every two months, they have access to basic health care services. This useful combination of loans, education and health care is called “Microcredit Plus”.

These women send their gratitude to Kiva investors from all parts of the world for funding these loans! Thank you!