Total loan: $4,950

Cristobal Group

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Chicacao, Suchitepéquez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy beans, eggs, drinks, and other items at the wholesale level.

Cristobal Group's story

Maria, a 64-year-old widow, has a convenience store in the department/state of Suchitepequez. She is the oldest of 10 ladies in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Cristobal,” and has had her business for more than 30 years. She has no children. A few years ago, Maria had an accident and became bedridden. However, she continued to manage her business and heal herself. She has a faithful clientele and stocks the store with the items they need and request. Now it is time to resupply her shelves and so Maria is requesting a Kiva loan to buy beans, eggs, drinks, and other items at the wholesale level.

Along with the other Maya K’iche women in the group, she looks forward to her monthly Trust Bank meetings. The first order of business for the ladies is to make loan payments and then participate in educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Maria shares, “Thanks to the training about how to manage my business, investing and savings, I have been able to improve my business and have a better idea on how to manage my funds. My parents were not able to send me to school, but this has not stopped me from being able to move ahead in my community.”

Maria is a shining example of determination and perseverance. She is a real role model for the other ladies in her Trust Bank. Thank you, Kiva investors, for believing in women like her and funding these much appreciated loans!