A loan helped a member to buy more chickens to sell during the holidays.


Unidas Clarenas Group's story

The president of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank Unidas Clarenas is 43-year-old Clara. She is married, the mother of three children aged 16, 21 and 23 years, and has a ninth grade education. Her children all go or have gone to high school, the two older ones having received their diplomas.

Clara’s husband drives a moto taxi or tuk tuk to earn a living. Clara raises chickens and designs and embroiders using cross-stitch traditional blouses called huipiles, and she anticipates that during the holidays her business will be quite popular! She is requesting her second Kiva loan to buy more chickens to sell during this upcoming season as well.

Monthly educational trainings, part of the Microcredit Plus program, are essential for the growth and progress of the seven Maya K’iche women in the Trust Bank. They learn to manage their animal husbandry and traditional textile businesses effectively as they acquire basic business tools such as budgeting, planning, investing and saving; how to prioritize expenses and the dangers of over-indebtedness; and about nutrition, hygiene and women’s rights and roles. Every other month, the women have access to basic health care services such as Pap smears, blood pressure checks and family planning.

Clara and her friends send their gratitude to Kiva investors from their small village in the department/state of Solola in the western highlands of Guatemala. Thank you!

In this group: Clara Romana , Clara , Maria , Maria , Juana Monja , Elida Anabela , Silvia Micaela


This loan is special because:

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



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