A loan helped a member to buy more new and used traditional clothing to sell.


Barrio Norte Group's story

Ana, a 22-year-old married mother of two daughters (1, 6), has been selling new and used traditional clothing for two years. She has a stand in the local market and sells twice each week in the department/state of Quiche. Ana understands the tremendous value of a good education because she attended school for nine years. Her older daughter is in kindergarten! With her second Kiva loan, Ana can buy more new and used traditional clothing.

As Treasurer of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Barrio Norte,” Ana keeps track of loan payments that the seven other Maya K”iche ladies make each month. Her friends in the group weave, embroider, and sell traditional textiles, and raise animals (chickens, ducks, pigs,and cows).Their monthly interactive educational training sessions, a critical component of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and healthcare, are essential to their success as women, mothers, and entrepreneurs.

They learn about everyday topics like hygiene, health, nutrition, the use of medicinal plants, and women’s rights and roles. They also obtain effective business management practices. Every other month, they have access to basic healthcare services including exams and consults. This is especially important as the Guatemalan health care system is underfunded and stretched thin.

(The child in the photograph is the son of one of the borrowers who has authorized him to appear in it.)

Gratitude goes to all Kiva investors who kindly fund these loans. You are much appreciated!

In this group: Ana Lucrecia Aracely , Juana , Juana , Petrona Odilia , Eva Maria , Alicia, Brolia Elena, Maria


This loan is special because:

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



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