A loan of $4,625 helped a member to buy two stoves and a comal (a griddle) for her business preparing tortillas and other cooked food.


Las Jacarandas Group's story

Life for indigenous Maya women is not easy, especially for those who live in rural areas. The ladies work hard to provide good lives for their families and education for their children. The Friendship Bridge "Microcredit Plus" program (loans and education) provides valuable lessons in four main areas: women, family, health, and business that enrich the lives of the clients. Meeting monthly, the women benefit as they learn about effective business skills (saving, investing, budgeting), and good health practices (hygiene, nutrition, family planning).

The eight women of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank "Las Jacarandas" in Santa Cruz El Quiché are determined to be successful in their businesses selling prepared foods and tortillas, buying and selling chickens, or embroidering local traditional blouses (“huipiles”). These ladies strive to be empowered women eliminating poverty for themselves and their families.

Juana is a member, 28 years old with only a second grade education but she is determined to succeed with her business. Along with the other women, she is beginning her first loan from Kiva. She plans to invest her loan to buy two stoves & a comal (a griddle) for her business preparing tortillas and other cooked food. Her goals are to have more variety of prepared food to sell, expand her business and increase her income. Juana is determined to provide an education for her five children (8mos-12 years old).

Thank you, Kiva lenders, for your generosity with these Maya women!

In this group: Juana, Juana, Magdalena, Maria Estela, Zoila Magdalena, Maria Marta, Isabel, Marta Lidia


This loan is special because:

Clients receive in-depth trainings on business, health, over-indebtedness, and self-esteem.



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