Total loan: $5,625

Sector Escuela Group

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Sacatepéquez, Sacatepéquez Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy basic products for her grocery store, and spices to sell chicken and fries.

Sector Escuela Group's story

Guatemalan women have gone through huge challenges with the sole purpose of generating incomes to support their families. They want to give their children the best opportunities, including access to formal education.

This is the case of Paulina, age 22, married, and raising her first son, age 1. She studied until the sixth grade and is grateful to her parents for that, because she knows how to read and write.

To generate incomes, Paulina opened a small grocery store. Also, due to her enterprising spirit, she put a cart to sell fries, a dish that is quite popular in Guatemala. With her determination and hard work, both of her businesses have kept growing. For that reason, she needs her first Kiva loan to increase her inventory in the grocery store and make improvements to her cart.

Paulina and eight other Maya K’iche women are members of the communal bank Puente de Amistad “Sector Escuela”, located in the high area of the department of Sololá, in the western side of Guatemala. They have little or no formal education, and thus her monthly sessions of educational training, as part of the loan program, education and health services of Microcrédito Plus, are of great importance. Paulina likes to learn about subjects related to investing and business management.

Thank you Kiva lenders for supporting the development of women like Paulina and her team members.