Total loan: $4,600

Las Perlas De Virginia Group

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Malacatan, San Marcos Sacatepéquez, San Marcos Department, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to resupply her store with basic items and clothing.

Las Perlas De Virginia Group's story

For those who live in a rural area, it is essential that they have access to neighborhood convenience stores. Often, the main market is far away and people depend on shopkeepers, like 25-year-old Laura, to have well-stocked stores.

Laura is a single 25-year-old woman who opened her business some years ago. Seeing that she needed additional income, Laura started selling clothing three times per week outside of her community. In her words, “I am the oldest child in a family of 3 other siblings (10-25). We all live with our mother. One of my brothers and I take care of the family expenses that includes the education of our youngest brother. My father died and our mother takes care of the store.” Laura is requesting her 1st Kiva loan to restock the shelves of her store and buy more clothing.

Laura has joined 6 other women to form the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Perlas de Virginia” or “The Pearls of Virginia” in the department/state of San Marcos. They sell clothing, natural medicines, butchered chicken and have convenience stores like Laura. They look forward to their monthly meetings when they make loan payments, and participate in educational training, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and bi-monthly health care services. Their educational sessions are essential to their success and cover an aspect of 4 topics including health, family matters, women’s issues and business.

Thank you, Kiva investors!!