Total loan: $4,350

Nueva Vida Group

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Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Retail

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

A loan helped to restock the shelves of her convenience store and buy cleaning products to sell.

Nueva Vida Group's story

Felisa is a single 35-year-old woman with a first grade education who lives alone in the department/state of Totonicpan. Fifteen years ago, she opened a convenience store and bought a “nixtamal mill.” (Nixtamal is made from dried corn that’s soaked in a mixture of water and a mineral called calcium hydroxide. It is then used to make tortillas and tamales!)

With her sixth Kiva loan, she can restock the shelves of her store and buy cleaning products.

Eight Maya K'iche women have elected Felisa to be the President of their Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Nueva Vida” or “New Life.” They participate in monthly interactive educational training programs that help them with their businesses, families, and themselves. Topics range from nutrition, hygiene, and health to effective business management practices and more. A recent topic was business administration that helps the ladies with their animal husbandry and traditional textile businesses, convenience stores, and “nixtamal” mills.

Because the healthcare system is stretched terribly thin in Guatemala, the “Health for Life” program provides health education and services to the women at no cost. Not having access to healthcare perpetuates the cycle of poverty and Friendship Bridge understands this. This effective combination of loans, education, and healthcare is called “Microcredit Plus.”

Felisa and her friends are so grateful to participate in this program and appreciate the generosity of Kiva investors. Thank you to each of you!