Total loan: $3,575
Mujeres Comerciantes Group
Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Retail
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A loan helped to buy a refrigerated showcase where she can display and sell dairy products and soft drinks.
Mujeres Comerciantes Group's story
The indigenous town of El Quiché is where seven industrious women, members of the “Mujeres Comerciantes” Trust Bank, are beginning their third loan cycle that they hope will be funded by Kiva investors. Over three quarters of the women are Maya K’iche speakers and proudly wear traditional dress. The group’s president is Ana, who is 35 years old, single, and without children. She stayed in school until the third grade. She owns a convenience store and is requesting a loan to buy a refrigerated showcase where she can display and sell dairy products and soft drinks. Her goal is to expand the business and her dream is to open up another location. Ana calls the monthly meetings of the group to order, and after transacting business on the loans, a facilitator from Friendship Bridge shares useful information about a variety of everyday subjects like women’s rights and “Microcredit Plus" educational trainings. The “Plus,” or educational component, is especially important as the ladies have had little or no formal education and cannot read or write. Kiva investors are highly valued by these women for their kindness in funding their much-needed loans. Thank you!