A loan of $4,625 helps a member to buy pots, pans and bedspreads to resell.


Santa Marta Yepocapa Group's story

Many of the ladies, who participate in the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and healthcare services, sell china and pewter tableware. This is what Maritza, a 26-year-old married mother of 2 children (ages 5 and 10) does to earn income. She also sells bedspreads. It is important for her to be an example to younger, capable women who are starting businesses. She shares, “Many people look for a variety of quality products. That’s what I offer to my customers. We live in a challenging times but I am seeking options to sell my products.” Maritza uses part of her income to support the educational needs of her children. She is requesting her 2nd KIVA loan to buy pots, pans and bedspreads to resell.

Maritza is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Santa Marta Yepocapa” located in the department/state of Chimaltenango. Some of the 7 women in the group also sell china and pewter tableware, bed spreads, while others sell fruit in the local market. As they have little or no formal education, their monthly educational trainings are essential to their success. Maritza and her friends appreciate learning about health, family matters (health, hygiene, nutrition), women’s issues (self esteem, empowerment) and business (budgeting, investing).

Thanks to their own hard work and determination, coupled with the help of KIVA investors and Friendship Bridge, these ladies are poised to step into a brighter future. Thank you to each of you for your kindness and your generosity!

In this group: Lorena , Dalila , Maritza Lorena , Elsa Leticia , Suleny Beatriz , Loida Patricia , Veronica


This loan is special because:

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

Patrick Flynn, Kiva staff

Patrick Flynn
Kiva staff



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*This loan is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and your support is needed more than ever. Repayments may be delayed or lower than expected.

Loan details



Repayment schedule

*This loan is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and your support is needed more than ever. Repayments may be delayed or lower than expected.