Total loan: $1,975

Las Sonadoras Group

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San Juan Cotzal, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to restock the shelves of her convenience store.

Las Sonadoras Group's story

This is the 2nd loan cycle for 24 year old Juana, the married mother of 2 children (2,4) who lives in the department/state of Quiche. Her husband works as a nurse. Five years ago, she opened a convenience store. After planning carefully, Juana is requesting her 2nd KIVA loan to restock the shelves of her store with essential products like grains, canned goods, and cleaning supplies.

Juana is the Secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Sonadoras”. There are 6 other Maya Ixil women in the group. One quarter of the ladies raise animals, ¼ are weavers of traditional textiles, ¼ are farmers growing tomatoes and vegetables and ¼ have convenience stores. Although Juana only has a 4th grade education, she and the rest of the women continue to learn about every day topics like health, nutrition, hygiene, and effective business management practices in their monthly meetings. Every two months, a visiting nurse comes to their area and offers basic health care services and consults. The nurse is culturally sensitive to their needs and makes the women feel comfortable. This effective combination of loans, education and health care is called “Microcredit Plus”.

Life has not been easy for Juana and her friends in the group and the pandemic has presented unique challenges. They are determined to move ahead, support their families and increase their standard of living. Thank you, KIVA investors, for funding their loans!