Total loan: $2,725

Las Hortencias Group

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San Miguel Ixtahuacan, San Marcos, San Marcos Department, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped marleny plans to restock the shelves of her convenience store.

Las Hortencias Group's story

Eighteen months ago, 28-year-old Marleny opened a convenience store. She is married with three children over the age of four. She is proud that all of her children are in school and she has worked hard to make this happen. Her husband is a farmer. With her 1st Kiva loan, Marleny will be able to restock the shelves of her store with basic items that her customers request.

Marleny is the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Hortencias” in the department/state of San Marcos. There are 9 other Mayan Mam women in the group who sew casual clothing, traditional aprons/”delantales” and blouses/”huipiles”. Marleny is an exceptional member of the group as she attended school for nine years. Most of the women have little or no formal education. However, with the “Microcredit Plus” program of monthly educational trainings, combined with health care services and loans, they are able to learn about important topics. A Facilitator who speaks their Mayan language shares information with them every month about effective business management practices, health, family matters or women’s issues. Friendship Bridge believes that if a woman is not empowered physically, she is not able to lead a productive, successful life. (The child in the photograph is the daughter of a borrower who authorizes her to appear in it).

Kiva investors, partnering with Friendship Bridge, are a huge help to Marleny and her friends. Thank you to each of you!