Total loan: $2,900

Maria De Asuncion Group

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San Pedro la Laguna, Solola, Solola, Guatemala / Retail

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

Maria De Asuncion Group's story

Convenience stores, located in small towns and rural areas, are lifelines for communities during this time of the pandemic. Many markets are closed and public transportation is limited. Sandra, a 43-year-old married mother of four children (12-24) has a small convenience store. With her income, she was able to send her older children to school while the younger ones still attend.

She needs to restock the shelves of her store and is requesting her third Kiva loan. Sandra plans to buy basic grains, dairy products, canned goods, sugar, snacks, drinks and personal care products at the wholesale level.

Sandra is the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Maria de Asuncion.” There are six other ladies in the group who appreciate participating in the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and healthcare services. They participate in educational sessions that give them tools to manage their businesses, families (nutrition, hygiene, health) and themselves (self-esteem, empowerment). A Facilitator uses pictures, diagrams, games and role-playing to share the information. Every other month, they have access to health care services in the “Health for Life” program. A visiting nurse offers all kinds of exams (breast, PAP, blood sugar) and family planning consults.

Kiva investors are highly appreciated by Sandra and her friends. Thank you to each of you!