Total loan: $2,450

Rosas De Madremia Group

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San Pablo Jocopilas, Suchitepéquez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy plastic buckets and large containers to deliver her delicious recipes.

Rosas De Madremia Group's story

Rice, corn, beans, pork, beef, chicken, cheese and small fat corn tortillas are many common ingredients found in Guatemalan recipes. Thelma, a 33-year-old married mother of three children (4-15), earns income from her food business. She is very well-known and popular in the offices and businesses in her community located in the department/state of Suchitepequez. It is time to re-supply the shelves of her kitchen, and so Thelma is requesting a loan to buy plastic buckets and large containers to deliver her delicious foods.

Thelma is the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Rosas de Madremia”. There are six other ladies in the group who live in a rural area. They have convenience stores, sell fruit and clothing, as well as raise animals. The women benefit greatly from their monthly educational training sessions, which are part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Topics are relevant to their lives and based on four areas: health, family, women and business. In the past few months since the Covid virus appeared, the ladies have learned about the importance of physical distancing, wearing masks, cleaning surfaces and being careful. Every other month, they have access to a visiting nurse.

This is a challenging time in Guatemala with public transportation and markets closed, along with a fragile or non-existent health system. KIVA investors, partnering with Friendship Bridge, are a huge help to Thelma and her friends. Thank you to each of you!