A loan helped a member to invest in her traditional clothing business.

Emprendedoras De Xejuyup Group's story

Marta, the Secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Emprendedoras de Xejuyup”, lives in a warm area in the department/state of Solola. She is 30 years old, married with two children (1 and 7) and lives in a humble home made of sheet metal and boards. Her nine years of education have been of great use in her business selling colorful traditional textiles. She sells out of her home so she can care for the children. Marta requests a loan to buy more pieces of traditional clothing.

The “Microcredit Plus” program (education, healthcare, loans) is important to Marta and 11 other Maya K’iche ladies in the Trust Bank. They attend monthly educational sessions, designed by a facilitator who speaks their language and uses pictures, diagrams, games and role playing to share information about an aspect of 4 subjects: health, family, women, business. Every other month, they have access to basic healthcare services.

Thank you, Kiva investors! You play a critical role because the rural population in Guatemala is especially vulnerable at the present time. The lack of basic services and healthcare, combined with chronic malnutrition and poverty, puts them at risk. Friendship Bridge staff has been communicating with 32,000 clients to share information about the current coronavirus epidemic, which is often the first time they hear of it. The ladies learn about how to stay safe with proper hygiene and social distancing, information on common symptoms, and timely contact information.

In this group: Marta , Maria Rosalia , Antonia , Lucia , Pascuala , Dominga , Catarina Fernanda , Manuela , Manuela Bibiana , Maria Elisabet , Ana Hortencia , Maria

This loan is special because:

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

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