Total loan: $5,375

El Rio Group

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Comitancillo, San Marcos, San Marcos Department, Guatemala / Retail

El Rio Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to purchase staple products and more medicines.

El Rio Group's story

Many of the women who participate in Friendship Bridge's Microcrédito Plus program have done a variety of work since childhood which then become profitable businesses.

This is the case for Margarita, 30 years old, a woman of Maya Mam ethnic heritage who lives in the rural zone of the department of San Marcos. She lives with her spouse and two children (3 and 17). The older child is in 3rd grade. She is model of steadfastness.

She is an auxiliary nurse and has various businesses. Margarita operates a convenience store. She also raises animals and sells medicine. She is determined that each one of her children will get a better life. Margarita wants to invest her first Kiva loan in inventory for the store and medicine. She will purchase staple products and more medicines.

Margarita and six other women of the communal bank El Rio have gotten ahead thanks to their small businesses which are raising animals, selling medicine, and convenience stores.

For them, the monthly trainings are very beneficial. There, they learn about business, health, family and women. For Margarita, the topics of avoiding overindebtedness and good investment have supported her to bring success to her business. A facilitator speaks to the women in their Maya language and they understand through images, figures, and games.

These women appreciate the generosity of the Kiva lenders. Thanks to each one of you, the empowered women can combat poverty!