Total loan: $5,125

Mujeres Nacoj Group

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Santo Domingo Xenacoj, Sacatepequez, Sacatepéquez Department, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy more cleaning and disinfecting products.

Mujeres Nacoj Group's story

The pandemic has changed the way 31-year-old and maritally separated Serbanda earns income. She used to be a vocational nurse and worked with Cuban medical personnel delivering community healthcare. Now, she sells gifts, cleaning products and disinfectants as a street vendor. Some of her income supports the continuing education of her 10 and 11 year old children who are in the 4th and 5th grades. She requested a Kiva loan to buy more cleaning and disinfecting products.

Serbanda is one of seven women in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Nacoj” in the department/state of Sacatepéquez. She is the President of the group. The women speak Maya Kacquikel and have tortilla, textile and other businesses. Their interactive, monthly trainings are essential to their success, and topics are drawn from four areas - health, family, women, and business. Recent sessions have been centered around preventative measures to take during COVID. Every other month, the women have access to basic healthcare services, like blood pressure and blood sugar exams, family planning consults and more. This is especially important as many who live in rural and predominantly indigenous communities lack access to basic primary healthcare services and facilities.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for lending a helping hand to Serbanda and her friends!

NOTE: Serbanda is pictured with the son of a borrower who authorizes her son to appear in the photo.