A loan of $3,600 helped a member to purchase corn and lime for her tortilla business, as well as beans and gas.

Las Golondrinas Group's story

Santa Lucia La Reforma is a beautiful municipality in the Department of Totonicapán, in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. The population of the area is 99% indigenous and speaks the Mayan dialect of Kiché. They have been described as people who are kind, responsible and hard working.

Seven women have organized themselves into a Friendship Bridge Trust Bank that they call “Las Golondrinas,” or “The Doves.” They are happy to apply for a new loan and begin a new loan cycle with Friendship Bridge. The ladies are also looking forward to the educational components of their monthly meetings, when they learn about how to manage their loans with information on effective business practices, accounting, budgeting, marketing and customer service. They can support their families more effectively as they learn about health, hygiene and how to get their children ready for school. And they learn about self-esteem, women’s rights and violence against women. “Microcredit Plus” is the name of the combination of the loans and educational seminars, and it is very effective.

Courage and a tremendous will to improve herself and move ahead describe Doña Ana, the married 23-year-old president of the Trust Bank who has one son. She is pregnant with her second child and wants to work hard to support the new member of the family. She has had four years of formal education. Several months ago, she opened up a “tortillería,” where she makes fresh tortillas three times each day. With her new loan, Ana would like to purchase corn and lime for her tortilla business as well as beans and gas. She has one employee who is most helpful.

Ana and the rest of the ladies of “Las Golondrinas” Trust Bank are committed to empowering themselves and eliminating poverty in their lives. Ana provides a strong and committed example of a Guatemalan indigenous woman who understands what she needs to do to move ahead. The ladies are very thankful that Kiva investors have learned about them because without these small loans, they would not be able to combat poverty and move ahead. Thank you, Kiva investors!

In this group: Ana Rosalia, Ana, Maria, Lucia Everilda, Elvia Patricia, Maria, Ana Candelaria

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