Total loan: $5,450

Mujeres Esforzadas Group

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Retalhuleu, Retalhuleu, Guatemala / Clothing

Mujeres Esforzadas Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy curtains, tablecloths, sheets and bedspreads.

Mujeres Esforzadas Group's story

Twenty-seven years ago, Santa separated from her husband leaving her to raise 2 children, as well as a niece. Each of her children reached high school. All of them are grown now and she has 5 grandchildren! She is now 60 years old and continues to work selling sheets, bedspreads, curtains and tablecloths on the street. With her 1st KIVA loan, Santa will be able to buy more inventory to resell and earn more income.

Santa is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Esforzadas” in the department/state of Retalhuleu. The majority of these women, who all speak Spanish, have stands where they sell shoes and drinks. As street vendors, others sell bed clothing, curtains and tamales. They look forward to gathering together for their monthly meetings, and participating in educational sessions (health, family, women, business). A recent training was about wise investing and savings.
Every 2 months, they have access to basic health care services like breast and blood sugar exams and PAP smears. The ladies also can have family planning consults. This is most important since the public health care system in Guatemala is very poor. The effective combination of loans, education and health care is called “Microcredit Plus”.

It would not be possible for Santa and her friends to walk into a bank and secure a loan. This program and your participation means so much to these ladies!! Thank you to each of you for lending a helping hand!