Total loan: $2,450

Mujeres Vencedoras Group

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Patulul, Suchitepequez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to restock the shelves of her convenience store.

Mujeres Vencedoras Group's story

Beginning last March in Guatemala, the government imposed restrictions on marketplaces and public transportation. Curfews were strictly enforced. Neighborhood convenience stores became lifelines for residents in the area who depended on these little stores for basic necessities.

Blanca, a 31-year-old convenience store owner, is keenly aware of this and stocks the shelves of her store with essential items. Blanca is married and has two children who are 7 and 10 years of age. Both attend school. Blanca has planned carefully and is requesting her fourth Kiva loan to buy dairy products, basic grains, canned goods, personal care products, drinks, sugar and snacks.

Blanca is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Vencedoras” or “Winning Women” along with six other ladies. These women have small restaurants, raise animals, sell vegetables and have convenience stores.

Monthly educational training sessions are centered around four pillars that include business, health, family and women. These sessions are essential for personal development and the women learn to value themselves as well as their health. On a bi-monthly basis, they have access to health care services. Friendship Bridge calls this effective combination of loans, education and health care “Microcredit Plus”.

Kiva, partnering with Friendship Bridge, offers Blanca and her friends real hope for a brighter future. Thank you, Kiva lenders!