A loan helped a member to restock her convenience store shelves.


Mujeres De Chacaguex Group's story

Small neighborhood convenience stores have been real lifelines by providing basic everyday items for sale. This has been especially important during the pandemic when marketplaces are closed or have greatly reduced hours.

Bernarda, a married 24-year-old mother of two (six months and six years), operates her store with her husband. She pays attention to what her customers want to buy and plans carefully. She's requesting a Kiva loan to buy basic staple items, personal care and hygiene products, and cleaning supplies. Some of her income will cover the educational expenses of her older child.

Seven of Bernarda's neighbors have joined to form the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres de Chacaguex” in a rural area in the department/state of Quiche. Each month at their meetings, a facilitator shares relevant information with them using games, role playing, pictures and diagrams. Learning about effective business practices helps them with their animal husbandry, “tortillerias” or tortilla shops and convenience stores.

They also learn about healthy habits, good nutrition and effective hygiene. During the pandemic, they've also learned about taking precautions. Every two months, the women have access to basic health care services. This is especially important because the public health care system in Guatemala is inadequate and often non-existent. Thank you, Kiva investors for your kindness!

In this group: Maria Petrona, Catarina , Irma Josefina , Petrona , Bernarda , Juana , Candelaria, Ana Maria


This loan is special because:

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



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