Total loan: $3,325

Las Barbies Group

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San Marcos, San Marcos Department, Guatemala / Retail

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

A loan helped to buy more personal hygiene and cleaning products.

Las Barbies Group's story

Five years ago, 55-year-old Aida began selling personal hygiene and cleaning products. She is a single mother of an adult 30-year-old daughter who graduated from high school with a teaching certificate. Aida has two grandchildren. Aida graduated with a teaching certificate and works in her town government. Now, she has decided it is time to order more hygiene and cleaning products. It is for this reason that she is requesting her 1st Kiva loan.

Aida has joined 6 women to form the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Barbies” in the department/state of San Marcos. The ladies speak Maya “Sipacapense.” They raise chickens, turkeys, and pigs, as well as sell personal hygiene and cleaning products. They enjoy their monthly meetings when they offer each other support, make loan payments, and participate in educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of health care, education, and loans. They appreciate their monthly educational trainings where they learn about healthy habits, good nutritional and hygienic practices, precautions to take during the pandemic, as well as effective business management tools. These trainings are designed by a facilitator who speaks their Maya language and uses games, role playing, pictures, and diagrams to share the information.

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

(The child in the photograph is the son of a group borrower who has authorized him to appear in it.)