Total loan: $5,325

Mujeres Comerciantes Group

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Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to replenish her stock of personal care products and watches.

Mujeres Comerciantes Group's story

Evelyn is a 28 year old mother of 2 small children, aged 10 months and 3 years. She is the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Comerciantes Group” or “The Business Women”. This is in the department/state of Quiche. Evelyn is married with a high school diploma. She sells personal care products through catalogue sales. Evelyn shares: “My husband works as a security officer and his income is not very much. My business allows me to generate income to help my husband and to help my family have a better future.” With her first Kiva loan, Evelyn will be able to sell more personal care items like deodorants and creams, as well as watches.

The eight Maya K’iche ladies in the Trust Bank are so proud of their businesses which include the sales of clothing from the United States, shoes, jewelry, catalogue products and small restaurants. Historically, women did not have their own businesses in Guatemala. These women empower themselves at their monthly meetings where they participate in educational training and gain essential information about managing their businesses, caring for their families and themselves. Every other month, they have access to basic health care services. These “Plus” services are part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge. They are of huge benefit to Evelyn and her friends.

Because Evelyn and her friends in the Trust Bank are not able to walk into a bank to secure a loan, Kiva investors fill a vital need. Thanks to each of you!