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Maria Elena
Elena is 36, married and has a daughter who already goes to school. Her husband sells charcoal by the quintal (a quintal is about 100 lb) in various places. Elena has had a grocery store for 18 years which he inherited from her mother. Now she helps her husband with the earnings from it.

In her store she sells rice, sugar, corn by the pound and quintal, candy, soft drinks, juices, and also dairy products. Elena runs the store from Monday to Saturday from 6:00 in the morning to 9:00 in the evening. On Sundays she pays a woman to run it.

Elena feels happy and satisfied with the achievements she has had thanks to Kiva's support. She hopes to continue helping her husband with the finances and improving her home. She has taken out various loans with Kiva and is a fine individual– on time and responsible with her payments.
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Doña Elena de 36 años, casada y tiene una hija, quien ya estudia, su esposo se dedica a la venta de carbón por quintal en diferentes lugares, doña Elena tiene una tienda de consumo diario desde hace 18 años, que heredo de su mama, ahora ella ayuda a su esposo con las ganancias del mismo, ella vende en su tienda, arroz, azúcar, maíz por libra y quintal, golosinas, aguas gaseosas, jugos, también productos lácteos, doña Elena atiende de lunes a sábado de 6 de la mañana, a 9 de la noche, los domingos le paga a una señora para que atienda, doña Elena se siente feliz y satisfecha por los logros que ha tenido,Y gracias al apoyo de kiva y espera seguir ayudando a su esposo con la economía y mejorar su vivienda ya ha travajado varios creditos en kiva y es una buena persona puntual y responsable en sus pagos.

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About FAPE

FAPE, the Foundation for the Assistance of Small Businesses, is a nonprofit, socially-minded institution that provides loans to micro-entrepreneurs across Guatemala.


About Guatemala

  • $5,300
    Average annual income
  • 112
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    Guatemala Loans Fundraising
  • $11,677,300
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 7.9
    Guatemala Quetzales (GTQ) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,400 helped Maria Elena to buy food products to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 18, 2013
Dec 7, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 17, 2014