Total loan: $2,550

Las Poderosas Group

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Momostenango, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Retail

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

Las Poderosas Group's story

Convenience stores are ubiquitous in rural communities in Guatemala. Victorina, a married 48-year-old mother of six children (4-16), has a convenience store. The business is a family affair! Her older children help her with bookkeeping duties!

Victorina shares that she has learned a great deal about finances (inventory, planning, budgeting, investing) in the monthly educational sessions of her Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Poderosas” or “The Powerful Ones”. After planning carefully, Victorina would like to restock the shelves of her store and buy everyday items, canned goods, cleaning products and personal care items.

The monthly educational training sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and healthcare, is highly appreciated by Victorina and the 7 other women in her Trust Bank. Because they have little or no formal education, they appreciate learning about effective business management practices, healthy habits, family matters, as well as self esteem/empowerment.

Since good health is the foundation for a successful business, Friendship Bridge offers the “Health for Life” program. A visiting nurse comes to their community every two months and offers basic health care exams, consults and services. If more complex cases are discovered, the ladies are provided patient navigation and advocacy services.

Thank you, Kiva lenders, for your kindness in funding these loans!