Total loan: $3,125

Buscadoras De Prosperidad Group

Retalhuleu, Retalhuleu, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy more plastic containers and spices.

Buscadoras De Prosperidad Group's story

“Buscadoras de Prosperidad,” or “Seekers of Prosperity,” is the name that seven ladies have given to their Friendship Bridge Trust Bank in the department/state of Retalhuleu. Carmen is one of them. She is a 40-year-old married mother of three grown children, who are now between the ages of 20 and 25. She was able to attend school for three years.

Carmen sells plastic containers of all sizes in her local market. She also has a delicious prepared food business on weekends to generate extra income. Carmen is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy more plastic containers and spices.

The seven women meet monthly to make loan payments and then enthusiastically participate in educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and health care services.

Carmen mentions that she appreciates learning during these sessions and can apply the information immediately to herself, her family, and her business. Topics such as effective business management practices, healthy habits, good nutrition, and hygienic practices are essential for the well-being of everyone in the group.

Another “Plus” service is the health care provided by a visiting nurse every other month, which includes blood pressure, PAP smears, and family planning.

The partnership between Kiva investors and Friendship Bridge has great benefits for Carmen and her friends. Thank you, Kiva investors, for your kindness in funding these essential loans!