Total loan: $4,150

La Felicidad Group

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Chicacao, Suchitepéquez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to restock the shelves of her popular neighborhood convenience store!

La Felicidad Group's story

Rosa, the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “La Felicidad” or “Happiness”, is a divorced mother of two children (ages 7 and 16), who has a convenience store in the coastal department/state of Suchitepequez. She takes her parental responsibilities seriously and works hard at her convenience store, setting aside some of her income for the continuing education of her children.

Her customers depend on her to have the products that they use on a regular basis. After careful planning and budgeting, Rosa has decided it is time to restock her shelves with everyday items and is requesting a Kiva loan.

The nine other Maya Mam ladies in the Trust Bank have various businesses including small food businesses where they make the delicious regional dishes of the area like “tamales” (wrapped in banana leaves), “enchiladas” and “chuchitos” (more like Mexican tamales wrapped in corn husks). Others have convenience stores or sell corn by the pound. They acquire basic business tools and learn to care more effectively for themselves and their families in the educational trainings of their monthly meetings. This is one of the “Plus” services of the “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge. With their first Kiva loan, they will be able to expand their businesses and reach new markets.

The ultimate goals of Rosa and her friends are to empower themselves, educate their children and eliminate poverty. In providing capital for their loans, Kiva lenders are held in high regard. Thank you!!