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San Bartolo Chacaya 1 Group
In this Group: Cruz, Carmen, Ana, Juana, Valeriana, Leoncia, Paula, Isabel, Maria
San Bartolo is a small town. The calmness and quiet isn't helping their businesses to go well, says Carmen. Although the women in this group have all known each other for many years, they have never had the time to get to really know each other. Their hard work and many travels to different markets left them little time to socialize.

When one of Cruz's brothers suggested forming a micro-finance group, she became the president of the group. Her business selling fruit helps her to meet new people so forming the group was not difficult at all. The group consists of people whose lands are next to each other: so-called vecinas (neighbours). And together with having some success after their first loan, they have gotten to know each other much better, says Paula. Her business in carrots and potatoes is better after her first loan.

They have their meetings at the office in Sololá. During the meeting they hand in their loan repayment and receive a non-formal education session. They have a lot of fun and there is a lot of laughing going on!

Where most of the women are working in buying and selling food, some of them sew traditional skirts and blouses. Isabel has her store right behind her house and she invested her first loan in big bags of frijoles (beans). When she sold these, she bought more, different kind of beans. Her customers like the diversity of her shop and buy more.

When we talk about what their desires are, the women get very excited and start talking a lot in Kachiquel. After the loan officer's translation, I realise there is something they all work very hard for. The new gained self-esteem and better financial position allows them for the first time to dream. They want their children to do much better than they themselves were ever able to do.

Additional Information

About Friendship Bridge

This loan is administered by Friendship Bridge (FB), a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that empowers thousands of impoverished Guatemalan women through its Microcredit Plus program. The program combines small loans averaging US$350 for four-to-twelve month loan terms with non-formal, participatory education.

As FB clients, women start, expand, or diversify their businesses and learn practical lessons on topics including business, health, and self-esteem. FB’s clients borrow as a group, forming Trust Banks (groups of 7-25 women who serve as co-guarantors of the loan and act as a self-regulating support network).

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Guatemala

  • $5,300
    Average annual income
  • 73
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    Guatemala Loans Fundraising
  • $12,593,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 7.5
    Guatemala Quetzales (GTQ) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of San Bartolo Chacaya 1 Group's $3,300 loan helped a member invest in their stores, buy in bulk to raise their profit margin.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 10, 2008
Aug 22, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 15, 2009