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Total loan: $4,050

Mujeres De Esfuerzo Group

Retalhuleu, Retalhuleu, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy corn and beverages for two of her three businesses.

Mujeres De Esfuerzo Group's story

Midwives have occupied a key role in delivering babies for centuries all over the world. This is especially important in Guatemala where indigenous women are twice as likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth as non indigenous ladies. Blanca, the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres de Escuerzo”, is a midwife and highly appreciated by the families who live in her area in the department/state of Retalhuleu. Blanca also earns income from selling tortillas and beverages. Blanca is married and has eight children who range in age from 17-31. All of them have a secondary education. She is requesting her 1st KIVA loan to buy corn for her tortilla business and more drinks to resell. She shares, “I am sure that if I invest more capital, I can expand both of these businesses.”

Each month, Blanca calls the Trust Bank meetings to order and the ladies make loan payments. Then they participate in educational trainings when they learn about effective business practices, health, family matters and women’s issues. The business topics (budgeting, planning, investing, savings) help them with their businesses selling fruit, American clothing, and chicken by the pound. Other ladies have bakeries and small food stands. The women often share what they learn with family members and friends. This effective combination of loans, educational trainings and health care services is what Friendship Bridge calls “Microcredit Plus”.

Thank you, KIVA investors!