Total loan: $3,150

Guadalupe Group

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San Juan la Laguna, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Retail

Guadalupe Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy much needed inventory for her convenience store.

Guadalupe Group's story

and Small convenience stores are especially important in this time of the pandemic in rural Guatemalan communities. Cecilia, a 42-year-old married mother of three children (15-22), has a store. Her husband is a bricklayer. Thanks to their combined income, the two oldest children graduated from high school. Cecilia is so proud of them because she was only able to attend school for six years.

Her store is filled with basic grains, fruits, vegetables and reflects the love that Cecilia pours into it. Business is brisk and Cecilia needs to restock the shelves. She is requesting her third Kiva loan to buy daily staples, basic grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, cleaning products and personal care items.

Cecilia, along with six other ladies, is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Guadalupe”. These women are seamstresses, produce vendors, and owners of convenience stores and traditional textile businesses. They meet monthly to make loan payments and participate in educational sessions that are drawn from four areas: business, health, family, women.

During this challenging time, they learn to use social media to advertise their products and services. Every two months, these ladies have access to health care services, delivered by a nurse who is sensitive to their needs. The combination of loans, education and health care is called “Microcredit Plus”.

These women are thankful to participate in the program. Thank you, Kiva investors, for funding their much appreciated loans!