A loan helped a member to buy corn, firewood, gas, chairs and a table.

Mujeres Luchadoras Group's story

Small tortilla shops, called “tortillerias,” are ubiquitous in rural communities in Guatemala. Shop owners bake delicious, fresh corn tortillas three times daily. Sayra is a 32-year-old mother with two children ages 12 and 15. She operates a tortilleria in the state of Solola. Her income helps to cover her household expenses including energy and water bills. Sayra employs three women to assist her in her business and her husband is a day laborer.

Sayra is requesting a Kiva loan to buy corn, firewood, gas, chairs and a table. This will be her third Kiva loan and she would like bolster and expand her business.

Sayra is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Luchadoras” (Fighting Women). There are seven other ladies in her loan group who have all kinds of businesses including selling grain and tortillas, traditional textile fabrication, small restaurants and animal husbandry. Friendship Bridge calls the combination of loans, education and health care “Microcredit Plus.” As part of Microcredit Plus, group members meet monthly to make loan payments and participate in educational training sessions where they learn about education and health care services. Topics for sessions are drawn from four areas: health, family, women, business. Currently, the ladies are reminded of the importance of wearing masks and keeping social distance. Every other month, they have access to the “Health for Life” program where a visiting nurse offers all kinds of designs and services.

Thank you, Kiva investors!

In this group: Dolores, Sayra Beatriz, Adalinda, Irma Yolanda, Luisa , Doris Eloisa , Erelda Neirina , Felipa

This loan is special because:

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

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