Total loan: $4,350

Las Maria Group

Santa Lucia La Reforma, Totonicapan, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to purchase ten large sacks of peanuts and seeds to sell.

Las Maria Group's story

Santa Lucía La Reforma is a town in the Western Highlands in the department of Totonicapan. Here, nine hard-working women have formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Marias.” They share many common dreams and goals. They range in age from 25 to 60 years. The majority of the ladies sell vegetables.

Angelita is a 24-year-old, married member of the Trust Bank. She has two children. She came from a large family of 15 children; for this reason, she had only two years of formal education. She has a small business, which is the purchase and sale of peanuts and seeds. Angelita learned about this business from her mother-in-law. Angelita is very motivated and pleased to be a member of the Trust Bank. She is requesting a loan to purchase ten large sacks of peanuts and seeds. She is determined to create more income and raise the standard of living for her family.

The ladies look forward to their monthly meetings, when they see each other and transact business on their loans. After this task is completed, they participate in informal educational seminars with a Facilitator from Friendship Bridge. They learn about all kinds of relevant subjects, like hygiene, health and nutrition, women’s rights and violence against women. The ladies learn to manage their loans with information about budgeting, accounting, pricing, marketing and customer service. Friendship Bridge calls the combination of education and loans “Microcredit Plus.”

Thank you to each KIVA lender, for believing in Angelita and her friends in the “Las Marias” Trust Bank. They are taking positive steps to create a more prosperous future for themselves, their families, and their community of Santa Lucía La Reforma.