Total loan: $3,700

Mujeres Trabajadoras Salcaja 1 Group

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Salcaja, Quetzaltenango, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Retail

Mujeres Trabajadoras Salcaja 1 Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy clothing, jewelry, and shoes to resell.

Mujeres Trabajadoras Salcaja 1 Group's story

The days for 40-year-old Zureila are long and tiring because she is a street vendor selling clothing, jewelry and shoes in the department/state of Quetzaltenango.

She is married, with three children (ages 10-23), and has a sixth grade education. Zureila began her business 15 years ago. She requests a KIVA loan to buy new merchandise, including clothing, jewelry, and shoes.

Zureila, along with six other women, is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Trabajadoras Salcaja 1”. They participate in the “Microcredit Plus'' program of loans, education and health care services. They look forward to their monthly meetings when they participate in interactive educational training sessions. Topics are relevant to their lives and drawn from four areas: health, women, family, business. The ladies obtain useful business skills enabling them to manage their clothing, weaving, prepared food, and bakery businesses, as well as a hair salon, more effectively. They also learn about hygiene, nutrition and the use of medicinal plants. Every other month, the women look forward to visits from a field nurse who offers all kinds of basic services, exams, and consults. The nurse is able to clear up mis-conceptions about the virus and vaccine. For most or all of the women, the nurse is the only health care professional that they can see. (The girl in the photograph is the daughter of one of the members of the communal bank, who has given her authorization to appear in it).

Thank you, KIVA investors.