Sep 4, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
By Kate Talbot
New Field Partner: ADICLA expands opportunity to indigenous Guatemalans
We're thrilled to announce our newest Guatemalan Field Partner, ADICLA!

ADICLA (Association for the Holistic Development of the Basin of Lake Atitlán) is a nonprofit rural community development association founded in 1993 by community leaders to help people in the two poorest regions of Guatamala: Sololá and Suchitepequez.

The association aims to holistically develop these communities by facilitating economic, social and environmental opportunities. The end goal is to improve the quality of life in poor regions, often populated by indigenous groups who have had little to no access to financial services.

ADICLA’s loan program disburses and collects on small loans through three different lending channels: individual loans, solidarity group loans, and loans for larger groups of women.

Kiva's 0% interest capital will help ADICLA launch three new lending initiatives:

Loans for youth entrepreneurs - These loans enable young people without prior credit histories to borrow in groups. In particular, the loans will help them start businesses from scratch.

Green loan - These loans will fund a number of environmentally-friendly activities, including the purchase and installation of solar panels, green community tourism projects, and reforestation.

Down-market loans - These are smaller loans tailored to poorer borrowers. ADICLA plans to focus more on poverty alleviation by expanding its women’s village banking network and tracking borrower poverty indicators.

Help the populations of Sololá and Suchitepequez. Make a loan to an ADICLA borrower today!

Have questions about Kiva's partnership with ADICLA? Send them our way at

Images courtesy of ADICLA.

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A Bay Area native, Kate received her B.A. in Communications from University of California, San Diego and most recently her MBA from University of San Francisco. She focused her MBA curriculum on Social Entrepreneurship and interned at Social Capital Markets and consulted for Hub Bay Area and Centro Community Partners. Prior to obtaining her MBA, she worked in media and public relations in San Francisco and Manhattan. Her passion for international development stems from spending a significant amount of time volunteering at the Meher Public Trust in the rural village of Ahmednagar, India. In her free time, Kate loves to take dance classes, hike in Marin, and spend time laughing with family and friends.

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