A loan helped a member to buy more sugar, corn, beans, oil, salt and eggs.


Valientes Group's story

Guatemala has 22 different Maya languages spoken in the country. Three of them (K'iche', Kaqchikel, & Tz'utujil) are spoken in the picturesque state/department of Sololá. In Sololá's highlands is the home of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank "Valientes" that describes the seven valiant, innovative K'iche' women who make up the group. They have small businesses raising/selling cattle or poultry, or have convenience stores. They look forward to becoming empowered as they begin their first loan cycle with Kiva.

The group's president is 34-year-old Laura, who only has a 3rd-grade education. She is married and has three children between the ages of 3 and 14 years. She is making sure her children have an education — the eldest is in the 8th grade and the younger ones are attending primary school.

Laura owns a small convenience store where inventory needs are increasing. She is requesting a loan to buy more sugar, corn, beans, oil, salt and eggs — products her clients request daily.

The partnership between Kiva and Friendship Bridge has made it possible for over 22,000 Guatemalan women to become empowered and strive to move out of poverty into brighter futures for themselves and their families because of the "Microcredit Plus" program of education + loans. The women, like Laura, attend monthly meetings where they participate in educational sessions in topics like business skills, good health and nutrition practices. Thank you, Kiva, for your generous support of Guatemalan women!!!

In this group: Laura, Elbia Marina, Marta Alicia, Ingrid Raquel, Alicia Petronila, Candelaria, Victoriana


This loan is special because:

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



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