Total loan: $4,625

Mujeres Trabajadoras Toliman Group

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

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A loan helped to buy basic merchandise for her convenience store.

Mujeres Trabajadoras Toliman Group's story

Neighborhood convenience stores in Guatemala are essential, especially during the pandemic. The population depends on them for everyday items like eggs, vegetables, dairy products, basic grains and cleaning supplies.

Mercedes, a 60-year-old shop owner, carries all these items and many other products in her popular store. She shares that the neighborhood depends on her store to be well-stocked and she doesn’t want to disappoint her customers.

Mercedes is requesting her 1st Kiva loan to buy basic grains, coffee, dairy products, pasta, sugar, and cleaning supplies. She proudly shares, “I’m the mother of 7 adult children over the age of 37 and all of them completed elementary school. With the income from my store, I help my husband cover the electricity and water bills.”

Mercedes, along with 7 other women, is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Trabajadoras Toliman”. They live in a rural area in the department/state of Solola. Their goal is to improve their quality of life and work hard in their businesses. Some sell traditional textiles, vegetables, and sandals, while others have convenience stores.

Their monthly educational training sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program (loans, education, healthcare) of Friendship Bridge, helps them develop good business skills, learn about healthy habits, women’s rights and roles. Every other month, they have access to healthcare services.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for lending a helping hand!