A loan helped a member to buy shampoo, jewelry, and more new sandal designs and bedding to sell.


Las Solidarias Group's story

There are many female strategists at Puente de Amistad looking for options to start new businesses, generate income, and fight poverty. For Maria, 25, opening a business to sell bedding, sandals and “litmus” rhinestones for typical clothes was the best decision she could make. Although she only studied in elementary school, she has successfully run this business for 6 years. It is undoubtedly a business that has been very profitable for him. In order to increase sales, Maria sells from her home and on an itinerant basis. In order to offer a variety of products to her clients, she requests the 3rd Kiva loan to invest in the purchase of shampoo, new sandal designs, jewelry and bedding.

Puente de Amistad's “Microcredit Plus” program offers monthly trainings to more than 32,000 women. Many of them cannot read or write but they want to continue learning. A facilitator gives them information in their own K'iche 'language and also uses games and images for their further learning. Issues such as good investment and budget are those that María and the other six women of the Puente de Amistad Community Bank "Las Solidarias" apply in the business of sale of bookstores, sale of fruit covered in chocolate "chocofrutas", breeding of birds of corral (chickens, turkeys), bedding, product by catalog. They live in the Department / State of Quiché.

Kiva's lenders are very important in the success of these women.

In this group: Aura Marina, Santos Laureana, Justa, Maria Rosario, Martha Elizabeth , Anita , Petrona


This loan is special because:

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



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