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Total loan: $3,700

Mujeres Tierra Santa Group

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San Lucas Tolimán, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy inventory for the store and wholesale coffee plants.


Mujeres Tierra Santa Group's story

Many women in Guatemala have become a source of income for their families. This means taking care of their children and working long hours in both housework and in their own businesses. This is what Verónica has been doing for some years. Despite having earned only three years of education, Verónica is leading her two businesses, a daily consumption store and the cultivation of avocado and coffee, to success. Verónica, 44, is a married woman and is happy to see that, thanks to the profits from the businesses, she has been able to send her five children (ages 15 to 26) to secondary school. She is applying for her fourth loan from Kiva, to buy inventory for her store and wholesale coffee plants.

The eight women of the Puente de Amistad Communal Bank speak the Kaqchikel language in addition to Spanish, and they come from the Department (state) of Sololá. Verónica and her companions need a Kiva loan to invest in the businesses of daily consumption stores, textiles, traditional stores, the sale of medicine, the sale of meat, avocado crops, and coffee. By accessing a Kiva loan, these women benefit from receiving monthly training on finances, leadership, health, and family. In addition, in the "Health for Life" program, women receive basic health care services.

KIVA lenders support women entrepreneurs like Verónica, allowing them to have a comprehensive development.