Total loan: $2,925

Mujeres Emprendedoras Group

Nahualá, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Clothing

Mujeres Emprendedoras Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy sweatshirts, pants and a variety of shoes in different colors and sizes.

Mujeres Emprendedoras Group's story

Manuela, who is 26 years old, married, and the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Emprendedoras” or “Entrepreneurial Women”, is proud to have her own clothing business in the department/state of Solola. Her husband works as a nurse in a local health clinic. Manuela sells clothing for men, women and children. Some of her income goes toward household expenses, as well as into savings for the education of her 5 year old daughter and future children. She is requesting her 1st KIVA loan to buy new inventory. Manuela plans to buy sweatshirts, pants and a variety of shoes in different colors and sizes.

There are 6 other ladies in the Trust Bank who sell clothing, shoes, prepared foods, personal care and cleaning products. Others have convenience stores. They meet monthly to make loan payments and then participate in educational trainings that cover an aspect of 4 topics: business, health, women, family. Manuela shares, “I want to learn about issues like women’s equality, rights and women’s roles. Every 2 months, we can visit with a nurse. These additional services are really important for us.”

Manuela and her friends would not be able to walk into a bank to secure a loan. Thank you, KIVA investors, for partnering with Friendship Bridge to help these ladies help themselves! You are very much appreciated!