Total loan: $3,125

Las Perlas 2 Group

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San Marcos, San Marcos Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy ingredients and meat for her delicious recipes.

Las Perlas 2 Group's story

With a high school degree in computer science, one would think that 25-year-old Rocio would have no problem finding work in the department/state of San Marcos. However, there is a great deal of competition, and for one job, there might be 30 applicants.

Rocio is a single mother raising a 7-year-old daughter. One year ago, she began to sell delicious regional snack foods and lunches. Part of her income supports the continuing education of her daughter, who is in the first grade.

Rocio is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy ingredients at the wholesale level and meat.

Rocio has joined six other women and formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Perlas 2." She is the secretary of the group.

These ladies have convenience stores and sell fruit (inside and outside of their community) and prepared foods. They look forward to their monthly meetings, when they make loan payments and participate in educational training sessions — the backbone of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and health care services. A facilitator shares relevant information with them drawn from four areas: business, health, family, and women.

The ladies are anxious to learn and empower themselves and often share what they learn with family members and friends.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for your generosity with Rocio and her friends!