Total loan: $3,850

Ebenezer Group

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Retalhuleu, Retalhuleu, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy ingredients for her recipes, and used clothing to resell.

Ebenezer Group's story

In spite of her 6th grade education, Martha, a 48-year-old married mother of 6 children over the age of 12, manages 3 businesses. She sells delicious prepared foods, bakes bread, and sells second-hand clothing. Her husband drives a “tuk tuk” or 3 wheeled “mototaxi.” Their combined income has enabled them to send their children to primary and secondary schools. Martha is requesting her 1st Kiva loan to buy sugar, flour and spices for her recipes, as well as a variety of clothing.

Martha is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Ebenezer” along with 6 other women in the department state of Retahuleu. The women are excited about requesting their 1st KIVA loan that they will invest in their tortillerias (tortilla shops) and sewing businesses. They look forward to their monthly meetings when they participate in educational training sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. The ladies empower themselves with new information about an aspect of 4 important topics: health, family, women, business. They have learned about the importance of good hygiene, wearing masks and keeping social distance because the health care system in Guatemala is quite fragile. Every other month, they have access to a visiting nurse for disease preventive exams.

This has been a challenging time for Martha and her friends. Thank you, Kiva investors, for your kindness in funding these essential loans!