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Total loan: $3,900

Emprendedoras Group

Joyabaj, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy supplies for her convenience store as well as personal care products to resell.


Emprendedoras Group's story

Women in Guatemala who are divorced have increased responsibilities raising their children since they rarely receive child support. This has made it hard for 44-year-old Silvina, who is Maya K'iche'. She has been separated from her husband for 7 years. She has 2 children (11,19) and is quite proud that her eldest son has earned a high school diploma and her youngest is in the 5th grade.

For 18 years, Silvina has run a convenience store, and has also sold personal care products. She is seeking her 1st Kiva loan to buy supplies for her convenience store as well as personal care products requested by her customers.

Silvina is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank "Emprendedoras" located in the department of Quiché. She, along with 6 other members, are eager to invest in their different businesses, such as traditional textiles, pig raising and personal care products. In order to invest wisely, they attend monthly meetings of the "Microcredit Plus" program of small loans, education, and healthcare services.

During the sessions, they learn about business management (planning, investing, saving), health care (hygiene, nutrition, medicinal plants), and women's issues (self-esteem, empowerment). This month they are learning about the characteristics of an empowered woman.

The women of "Emprendedoras" thank the Kiva investors for their generously investing in their businesses!