Total loan: $4,875

Mujeres De Xepatan Group

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Patzun, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy flour at the wholesale level and a variety of thread.

Mujeres De Xepatan Group's story

The aroma of freshly baked bread is strong near the bakery of Carmela and her husband. They began the business 15 years ago and now have 3 employees. The couple delivers their delicious bread daily to stores in their community. Carmela also embroiders traditional blouses/”huipiles” and has 5 employees. She is able to deliver 6 colorful “huipiles” monthly. With her 4th KIVA loan, Carmela will buy more flour for the bakery and a big quantity of thread for the textile business. Carmela, who is 45 years old with a 3rd grade education, has 6 children (7-23). The older 3 had between 3-9 years of formal education. The younger ones are in the 1st and 3rd grades. Carmela understands the tremendous importance of education and that is one of the reasons she participates in the Friendship Bridge “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Seven other Maya “Kaqchikel” women who live near her in the department/state of Chimaltenango also are part of her Trust Bank “Mujeres de Xepatan”. These ladies have convenience stores, bakeries, traditional textile and poultry businesses. At their monthly meetings, they learn about an aspect of 4 topics: health, family, women, business. Recent topics concerned over-indebtedness and savings. Every 2 months, these women have access to basic health care services. These 8 women are gathering the tools they need to have a brighter future. Thank you, KIVA investors, for making a positive difference in their lives!