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Total loan: $4,300

Nueva Esperanza 2 Group

Patulul, Suchitepequez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to restock the shelves of her convenience store.

Nueva Esperanza 2 Group's story

Indigenous Guatemalan women struggle to succeed despite institutional racism, illiteracy, and social exclusion. They lack access to health services, financial resources, and educational opportunities. Thirteen ladies, who want to have more successful futures, have formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Nueva Esperanza 2” or “New Hope 2.” They strive to support their families, educate their children, and be successful entrepreneurs. Their participation in the “Microcredit Plus” program (loans, education, health care) gives them basic tools so that they can create a brighter future for themselves and their children.

Sandra is the group representative; she attended school for 5 years. She is married and has 5 children (ages 4-13). Sandra and her husband work hard so that their children can attend school. She has three businesses that keep her quite busy. Sandra sells ice and has a corn or “nixtamal” mill. Recently, she opened a convenience store. She is requesting her 5th Kiva loan to buy basic inventory to fill the shelves of her popular store.

The other women in the group sell firewood, chicken meat, and work at their convenience stores and corn mills. Their monthly educational trainings, designed by a facilitator, are essential to their success. The ladies acquire basic business management skills and learn about health, hygiene, nutrition, and how to prioritize their expenses.

From the department/state of Suchitepequez, these ladies send their gratitude to each of you!