A loan helped a member to buy a stove with a grill, kitchen utensils, corn and firewood.


Barrio Concepcion Group's story

The use of corn in Guatemala can be traced back for many centuries to the Maya. It is still one of the principle components in the Guatemalan cuisine. Fresh delicious corn tortillas are readily available 3 times daily from small “tortillerias” all over the country. Amalia, a 52-year-old married mother of 4 children who are now over the age of 16, has a tortilla shop. Due to the popularity of the business and the demand of her customers, Amalia wants to enlarge the business. She is requesting a KIVA loan to buy a stove with a grill, kitchen utensils, corn and firewood. Amalia will set aside some of her income for the continuing education of her children.

Amalia and 6 other ladies are members of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Barrio Concepcion” in the department/state of Retalhuleu. They look forward to their monthly meetings where they make loan payments and participate in educational trainings designed by a facilitator who uses pictures, diagrams, role playing and games to share the information. The women enjoy learning about how to manage their businesses better, care for their families and empower themselves. Every other month, they have access to basic health care services. Friendship Bridge calls the combination of loans, education and health care “Microcredit Plus”.

Thank you, KIVA investors, for the essential role you play in the lives of Amalia and her friends!

You are much appreciated!

In this group: Maria Elena , Sandra Italia , Alba Marina , Amalia Cristina , Gricelda Aracely , Sheila Yaneth , Kimberly Rachel


This loan is special because:

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



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