Total loan: $2,725

Las Almendras Group

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San Marcos, San Marcos Department, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy inventory for her store along with laundry soap.

Las Almendras Group's story

Mayra is a 31-year-old married mother of 2 children (ages 12 and 16), who opened a convenience store more than 4 years ago. She also sells bread and toys because these are two of the items her customers have requested. Her husband is a city worker in their town located in the department/state of San Marcos. Mayra has a 9th grade education and is proud that both of her children go to school. With a Kiva loan, Mayra can purchase more inventory for the store along with laundry soap.

As the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Almendras”, Mayra calls the monthly meetings to order. There are 6 other ladies in the group who sell tortillas, chicken, regional foods and catalogue products. They advertise their products on social media. Their monthly educational training sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care, are vital to their success. Recent topics have been about successfully managing businesses and opening new ones. The topics are drawn from 4 areas that include business, health, family matters and women’s issues. They are grateful to receive these “plus” services since they have little or no formal education and the health care system in Guatemala is stretched very thin.

Thank you Kiva investors, for the vital role you play in the lives of Mayra and her friends!