A loan helped a member to buy a calf to expand her production.


Mujeres De Candelaria Group's story

Thirteen Maya K’iche’ women formed the Friendship Bridge Mujeres de Candelaria Group in a rural area in the department of Suchitepéquez in southwestern Guatemala. They want to make a difference by building their families and businesses. They have a variety of businesses, including raising animals, selling corn, making tortillas, and running convenience stores. They are seeking their 1st Kiva loan to expand their businesses.

Margarita is one of the members of the Trust Bank. She is 63 years old and has been widowed for 35 years. She has 7 adult children. One completed secondary school, and the rest completed primary school. To earn a living, Margarita has milk cows that produce 30 liters of milk a day that she turns into cheese. She sells cheese and milk to her neighbors. She is seeking a loan to buy a calf to expand her production.

Margarita is one of more than 28,000 women who benefit from the Friendship Bridge’s Microcredit Plus Program that combines loans, education, and healthcare. Each month, women meet to receive lessons on one of four themes: business, health, family, and women’s issues. The women apply these lessons to help themselves, their families, their businesses, and their communities.

Margarita and her fellow Trust Bank members thank Kiva investors for supporting them in reaching for their goals.

In this group: Sandra Yanira , Alejandra , Erminda , Margarita , Mirian Amparo , Candelaria Esmerilda , Rutilia Adelaida , Rosa Graciela , Everilda Elizabeth , Rosa Maria Del Carmen , Yaquelin Irania , Eva Rutdely , Reina Dalila


This loan is special because:

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



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