Total loan: $3,325

Santa Elena Iii Group

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Rio Bravo, Suchitepéquez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy corn, firewood and vegetables.

Santa Elena Iii Group's story

Resourceful, Guatemalan women often have more than one business to help support their households and cover educational expenses for their children. Sara, a 60-year-old mother of seven children who are now over the age of 22, understands this.

She shares, “Fifteen years ago, my husband died and I was left to take care of the children. So I started a business selling personal care products via catalogue. Four years later, I added a “tortilleria” or tortilla shop and also began a little restaurant. My neighbors became my customers.”

Sara is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy corn, firewood and vegetables.

Sara is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Santa Elena III” located on the south coast in the department/state of Suchitepequez. The seven women in the group work hard in their convenience stores, “tortillerias”, small restaurants and personal care product businesses. Following social distance protocols and wearing masks, they gather monthly to make loan payments and participate in educational training sessions (health, family, women, business).

Every other month, they have access to health care services. These “Plus” services are part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, health care and advanced business training. (The boy in the photo is a member of the group).

Sara and her friends are poised to step into a brighter future because of their determination, hard work and assistance from Kiva investors and Friendship Bridge.

Thank you!