Total loan: $5,225

Mujeres Guerreras Group

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Suchitepéquez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy a freezer and boxes of chicken cuts.

Mujeres Guerreras Group's story

Several years ago, 35-year-old Herlinda, a married mother of two children (aged 4 months and 6 years) found it challenging to decide what kind of business she could open. At the beginning, selling chicken meat by the pound was not easy, but after working the kinks out of the business, she found it to be worth the effort. During this time of the pandemic, she advertises on social media. With a Kiva loan, Herlinda could buy boxes of chicken to sell by the pound, as well as a much-needed freezer.

Herlinda joined six other ladies to form the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Guerreras”. They live in a rural area in the department/state of Suchitepequez. Their businesses, which range from convenience stores, prepared foods, and sales of ice creams and chicken, bolster their self-esteem and contribute to household expenses. At their monthly meetings, they support each other, sharing challenges and dreams. The women participate in monthly educational trainings (business, health, family women). Every other month, a visiting nurse comes to them and offers preventative health care services like blood pressure and blood-sugar checks, family planning consults and PAP smears. Friendship Bridge calls the combination of loans, education and heath care “Microcredit Plus.”

Herlinda shares, “I can proudly say that the partnership between Kiva and Friendship Bridge is helping us create a more prosperous future.” Thank you, Kiva investors!