Total loan: $3,300

Brisas Del Mar Group

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Chicacao, Suchitepéquez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy creams, shampoos, and cleaning products.

Brisas Del Mar Group's story

Many of the ladies who participate in the “Microcredit Plus” program (that includes loans, education, and health care services) sell personal care products via catalog sales. One of these women is Sara, a 29-year-old married mother of two children (ages 5 and 9). She indicates, “I divide my time among taking care of my family, advertising my merchandise on social media, and walking around my neighborhood.” Her income is essential to cover household expenses since her husband is a day laborer who does not earn enough to care of their family, including covering the educational expenses of the children. Sara is requesting her third loan from Kiva. She will use her portion to buy creams, shampoos, and cleaning products.

Sara is the treasurer of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank named “Brisas del Mar” along with six other women. They live in a rural area in the Department of Suchitepequez. These ladies have small restaurants, sell secondhand clothing, and offer personal care products. Besides being able to access credit, they participate in monthly educational trainings that are essential for their growth and success. Topics that are relevant to their lives are drawn from four areas: business, health, family, and women’s issues. Every two months, they have access to preventative health care services. Friendship Bridge calls this combination of loans, education, and health care services “Microcredit Plus”.

Thank you, Kiva lenders for the vital role you play in the lives of these women!