Total loan: $3,300

Las Esperanza Group

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Retalhuleu, Retalhuleu, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy corn, corncobs and spices!

Las Esperanza Group's story

Nohelia, a 30 year old married mother of four children, who range in age from 2-11 years, was fortunate to have a good education including a year of teacher training. Eight years ago, she began to sell delicious regional snack type foods and basic grains from her home and on the street. Some of her income supports the education of her two older children. Nohelia is requesting a Kiva loan to buy corn, corncobs and spices. The corncobs will be used to make “elote loco” or “crazy corn” that is made by slathering mayonnaise, or any combination of mustard, salsa, ketchup and cheese onto grilled corn cobs!

Nohelia is the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Esperanza” or “Hope” in the department/state of Retalhuleu. There are seven women in the group who speak Spanish. They sell chicken, basic grains, spices, bananas, crushed iced slushies, regional snack foods and perfumes. They look forward to their monthly meetings because after making loan payments, they can learn about new and useful information that helps them a great deal. Topics range from health, family matters and women’s issues to business management tools. Every two months, they have access to basic health care services. Friendship Bridge calls the combination of loans, education and health care “Microcredit Plus”.

Kiva investors, partnering with Friendship Bridge, are highly appreciated by Nohelia and her friends in the Trust Bank. Thank you!