Total loan: $2,925

Las Marianas Group

Rio Bravo, Suchitepéquez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy chicken at the wholesale level.

Las Marianas Group's story

Lilian is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank "Las Marianas", who like many women of the Pacific Coast department of Suchitepéquez, works very hard to generate income and improve her family's living conditions. Many of the women in her area are vendors selling food and other products from well before sunrise into the night. They carry items that supply the needs of those who work every day which is why they start early and end very late.

Lilian is 31 years of age, married and has 2 children (5 months and 3 years). Although growing up had its challenges and limitations, she was able to study a year towards being a teacher. Five months ago, she started a business selling chicken by the pound from her home. Lilian wants to take advantage of the year end parties as there is much demand for chicken and the profits can be invested back into her business. She is requesting her first KIVA loan to buy chicken at the wholesale level.

There are 8 other women in the Trust Bank who meet monthly to make loan payments and participate in educational trainings designed around 4 topics: business, health, family, and women. These sessions are vital to their success. Then every 2 months, the ladies have access to basic health care services. Friendship Bridge calls this effective combination of loans, education and medical care "Microcredit Plus".

Thank you, KIVA investors, for extending a helping hand to Lilian and her friends!! Your generosity is appreciated!