Total loan: $3,175

Mujeres Luchadoras Xecococh Group

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Santa María Chiquimula, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped buy a much needed freezer and inventory for her convenience store.

Mujeres Luchadoras Xecococh Group's story

Noemi, a busy, married, 35 year-old mother of five children (2-17), has three businesses. She has a convenience store, raises pigs and arranges thread for weaving traditional wraparound skirts or “cortes’. Part of her income goes toward the education of three of her children, who are currently in elementary school and high school. She understands the tremendous value of education because she was only able to attend school for one year. Noemi is requesting a KIVA loan to buy a much needed freezer for the store.

Noemi is the Secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Luchadoras Xecococh” located in a rural area in the department/state of Totonicapan. There are seven Maya K’iche ladies in the group who speak their own Mayan language and with some difficulty, Spanish, as well. These women have traditional textile businesses, convenience stores and businesses raising animals. Since they have little or no formal education, their monthly educational training sessions are a huge help to them. Topics range from health and family matters, to women’s issues and effective business management practices. Every other month, a visiting nurse, who speaks their language, comes to visit and offers all kinds of services like blood sugar and blood pressure checks, breast exams and much more. Friendship Bridge calls the combination of loans, education and health care services “Microcredit Plus”. (The child in the photo is the son of a borrower).

Noemi and her friends, seeing a brighter future, thank KIVA investors.