Total loan: $5,725

Las Sirenitas Group

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USPANTAN, QUICHE, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to purchase basic staples for her convenience store.

Las Sirenitas Group's story

Enma is a 46-year-old married mother of 8 children who range in age from 10 to 31. Using income from her convenience store and fruit/vegetable sales has enabled her to send her children to school. She is proud that 6 of them have their high school degrees in sciences and letters. The 2 younger ones are still in middle school. Enma opened her convenience store 10 years ago and now it is time to restock the shelves. She is requesting a Kiva loan to purchase basic staples for the store.

This busy and determined woman is the President of her Trust Bank “Las Sirenitas” along with 13 other ladies. They live in a rural area in the department of Quiche and speak Maya “Poqomchi” and a little Spanish. Enma, like most of them, was unable to attend school because there was none nearby and it was dangerous to travel to the nearest school. The ladies have learned to manage their farms (corn, beans) and convenience stores from their monthly educational training sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Topics are relevant to their lives and drawn from 4 areas: business, health, family, and women. Every other month, they get access to a visiting nurse who they feel comfortable with.

Enma wants Kiva lenders to know that because of the curfew established due to the coronavirus, that times are tough and sales are down. She is hopeful for a brighter future and sends gratitude to Kiva lenders for funding these much needed loans.