Total loan: $3,650

Santa Maria Group

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Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala / Food

Santa Maria Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped To purchase rice, corn, pasta, fruit, vegetables and oil for her restaurant.

Santa Maria Group's story

Santa Maria is a small rural community outside Quetzaltenango, the second largest city in Guatemala. The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank of the same name is located here and has just made their final payment on their very first loan, generously funded by Kiva investors. The businesses of the ladies, which include the sale of food items (bakery items, tortillas, fruit, vegetables, chicken, meat), are prospering. The group is requesting a new loan.

Natalia is a 39-year-old member of the Trust Bank. She is married and has three children. Natalia is the owner of a small restaurant and has three employees. The business is open every day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Natalia is requesting a new loan that she will use to purchase rice, corn, pasta, fruit, vegetables and oil. She reports that because of her income, she is able to send all three of her children to school.

The women realize the value of education, both for their children and for themselves. Each month at their Trust Bank meetings, a Friendship Bridge Loan Officer shares useful information with the women in their own language (often they only speak their native dialect). The trainings are taught with stories and pictures as the women have had little or no education. A recent topic concerned the goals and dreams of the women. Other subjects covered include effective business practices (planning, budgeting, pricing, marketing, customer service, accounting), health, hygiene, nutrition, women’s rights and violence against women.

Kiva investors are very much appreciated by the women in the “Santa Maria” Trust Bank. The women are poised to step into a more prosperous future, benefiting themselves, their families and their community of Santa Maria. Thank you!