A loan helped a member she wants to buy firewood and corn at a wholesale level.

Las Pilas Group's story

Corn tortilla shops are popular anywhere in the Guatemalan Republic. Lesbia spends the day in front of a stove preparing delicious hot tortillas for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Plus, she also sells food and firewood! Lesbia is 44 years old, a single mother of 2 children, 19 and 21 years old. With her income, she has been able to support her children, providing formal education to each one. Lesbia only studied 6 years in school but her greatest wish is that her children complete a higher education. Lesbia needs to increase the product of her business and she will do it with the 1st KIVA loan. She wants to buy firewood and corn at a wholesale level.

Seven are the women who make up the Communal Bank of Puente de Amistad “Las Pilas” and are from the department / state of Retalhuleu. They learn to effectively manage tortillerías, selling food and firewood. Monthly a facilitator shares relevant and useful information extracted from 4 areas: health, family, women, business. At the current time for the coronavirus, the women have been unable to meet in person. Their facilitator has contacted them by cell phone or WhatsApp and has emphasized the tremendous importance of wearing masks, social distancing and hygiene. This is all part of the "Microcredit Plus" program for loans, education and health care services.

Lesbia shares: “Thanks to the support of KIVA's lenders, we will be able to expand our businesses. Thank you!

In this group: Lesbia Lorena , Rosa Gricelda , Maria Teresa , Gloria , Erica Gladys , Carmen Graciela , Flor De Maria

This loan is special because:

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

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