A loan of $4,325 helped a member to buy rice, beans, salt, pasta, and sugar, as well as a variety of multi-colored thread.

El Mojon Group's story

Quiché is a department of Guatemala that is rich in culture and traditions. It is where various Maya cultures speak their own distinct languages, which include Uspanteko, Ixil, Sakapulteko, and K’iche, as well as Spanish, the official language of Guatemala. The area is also the home of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, “El Mojon,” formed by seven ladies seeking their own solutions to poverty. Their businesses range from convenience stores to traditional textile production. The women are beginning their second loan cycle with Kiva.

The “Microcredit Plus” program of the organization (loans + education) is an effective combination for them to move ahead. The women meet monthly, to make payments on their loans and to participate in educational training that they can apply immediately to themselves (self-esteem, women’s health), their families (nutrition, hygiene, use of medicinal plants), and their businesses (planning, budgeting, investing, savings).

Juana, a 22-year-old, Maya K’iche woman with a 5th-grade education, is married and has three children under the age of three years. She has two businesses. They include traditional textile production, and a convenience store. Juana is requesting a share of this loan. She will use it to buy rice, beans, salt, pasta, and sugar, as well as a variety of multi-colored thread. She learns a great deal from her monthly educational training sessions, about how best to care for her family and manage her businesses.

Thank you, Kiva lenders, for your generosity in funding these much-appreciated loans!

In this group: Sonia, Tomasa, Amelia Jacinta, Juana Gricelda, Josefa, Micaela, Tomasa Alexandra

This loan is special because:

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

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