Total loan: $3,950

Choyomche Group

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Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Health

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A loan helped (Tomasa) to buy more essential inventory for her pharmacy.

Choyomche Group's story

Tomasa, a 38 year old mother of 4 children (ages 12-20), runs an essential business in her rural community in the department/state of Quiche. She has a small pharmacy that she opened after separating from her husband 2 years ago. She shares: “At the beginning, I had a challenging time and I only could afford to send my 3 older children through the 6th grade. But with increased sales and income, I can send my youngest son to school!” Her goal is to invest in, and expand her pharmacy. It is for this reason that Tomasa is requesting her 3rd Kiva loan. She plans to buy analgesics, anti-bacterial gel, face masks, syringes, and first aid supplies. The boy in the photo is the son of one of the clients.

“Choyomche” is the name of the Trust Bank group that Tomasa and 6 of her neighbors formed. They raise poultry, cattle, have convenience stores and pharmacies. They are well known entrepreneurs who are admired by community members. The women have monthly meetings and participate in educational training sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Topics are drawn from 4 areas: business, health, family, and women. Every other month, the ladies have access to basic healthcare services delivered by a visiting nurse who is sensitive to their needs. They can have breast, blood sugar, and hypertension screenings, PAP smears, or learn about family planning.

Tomasa and the women in the Trust Bank group are determined to succeed. Thank you, Kiva investors!!