A loan of $3,700 helped a member to buy hair dyes, straighteners and personal care products for her clientele.


Mujeres Luchadoras Coatepeque Group's story

The 8 ladies who formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Luchadoras Coatepeque” live in the department/state of Quetzaltenango. They speak Spanish, the national language of Guatemala. They sell women’s sandals, prepared foods, and raise poultry (chickens, turkeys). Other women have hair salons where they also sell personal care products. This is the beginning of their 1st KIVA loan cycle and their income will help support their households including the education of their children.

Martha, a 42 year old mother of 2 children (10,19), is the President of the group. She is pleased that her oldest child is pursuing a teaching career. Martha has a hair salon and her customers include both men and women. She wants to inject capital into the business and is requesting a KIVA loan to buy hair dyes, straighteners and other supplies. She would also like to offer more personal care products for her clientele.

At the monthly meetings, Martha and her friends realize tremendous benefits when they participate in educational training, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and healthcare services. They learn to manage their businesses effectively (planning, budgeting, investing, savings), and care for their families (nutrition, health, hygiene) and themselves (empowerment, self esteem).

The ladies send their gratitude to KIVA investors who kindly fund their loans. Thank you!

In this group: Miriam , Jemny Lisbeth , Mercedes , Odabia Lisbeth , Sandra Maribel , Martha Liliana , Sonia Azucena , Erika Elizabeth


This loan is special because:

Clients receive in-depth trainings on business, health, over-indebtedness, and self-esteem.



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