Total loan: $4,575

Las Golondrinas Group

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San Lucas Tolimán, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy essential products to restock her convenience store.

Las Golondrinas Group's story

Small neighborhood convenience stores have been lifelines of support during the pandemic. Many large markets have been closed or operate with reduced hours. Brenda is a 34-year-old married mother with a 10-year-old son. She plans to work hard to keep the shelves in her store well stocked. Even though she graduated with a teaching certificate, Brenda was unable to find work. She understood that it was important to help her husband with covering the household expenses, including the cost of their son’s education. Brenda is requesting her third Kiva loan to buy canned goods, dairy products, eggs, cereals, sausages, coffee, sugar, and drinks at wholesale.

Brenda and eight other women are members of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Golondrinas”. These women manage traditional textile businesses, fruit stands, convenience stores, and other types of businesses. They learn how to manage their businesses during their monthly educational training seminars, which are offered as part of the “Microcredit Plus” program that includes loans, education, and health care services. The women learn about four specific topics: business, health, family matters, and women’s issues. One important thing they have learned is how to use social media during this challenging time to advertise their goods and services. Every other month, they have access to health care services in the “Health for Life” program. A visiting nurse offers all types of exams, screenings, and services.

Thank you, Kiva lenders!