Total loan: $4,175

Indigenas Pedranas Group

San Pedro la Laguna, Solola, Solola, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy pots and pans at the wholesale level to sell.

Indigenas Pedranas Group's story

Berta, a dedicated entrepreneur, wife, and mother, is a role model for younger women who are just beginning their businesses. She is 69 years old and the mother of a 33-year-old son who has a high school education. She sells pewter kitchenware.

Berta shares, “Many people come to my home looking for a variety of quality products, and I have this. We are living in a challenging and difficult time, but I am exploring options to sell my merchandise.”

She is requesting her second Kiva loan to buy pots and pans at the wholesale level.

Berta is the Treasurer of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Indigenas Pedranas,” located on the shores of the magnificent Lake Atitlan in the department/state of Solola. There are seven other Maya Tz'utujil ladies in the group who have little or no formal education. (Berta has seven years of schooling.)

The “Microcredit Plus” program (loans, education, healthcare) gives the women essential tools to empower and develop themselves, as well as their businesses. All topics for the monthly educational trainings are drawn from four areas: health, family, women, business.

In April, they learned about the importance of washing hands, wearing masks, sanitizing surfaces, and staying home. Often, they share what they learn with family members and friends. A nurse usually visits them every other month but due to the circumstances, she is also communicating with the women by cell phone. It is a new and challenging time for all!

Thank you, Kiva investors!!