A loan helped a member to buy boxes for chickens and catalog products of personal use.


Las Marianas Group's story

Guatemalan women have faced difficult challenges to have access to formal education. At the same time, it has become more difficult to find a job where they can perform as professionals. Due to this situation, women decide to make small ventures to gain some incomes for their families.

This is the case of Andrea, age 24, married, with 2 children, ages 3 and 6. She had the opportunity to attend to school until the 9th grade. Andrea foresees a promising future for her children, and her eldest son is starting elementary school. Andrea has a small butcher shop at her house, and she sells chicken meat. She is requesting her first Kiva loan to but boxes for chicken. She also wants to start a business selling catalog products for personal use. She wants to buy these products and offered them to her customers during this season.

These are the 7 women that form the communal bank Puente de Amistad, “Las Marianas”, located in the department of Suchitepéquez. Their main economic activities are the sale of tortillas, catalog products, chicken meat and jewelry. These women hope to receive educational training once a month, which is part of the loan program, education and health services called “Microcrédito Plus”. Andrea likes to learn about the importance of personal hygiene and preventive measures against coronavirus.

Thank you Kiva lenders!

In this group: Zaira Lorena , Maria Del Carmen , Lilian Enidd , Vilma Veronica , Andrea Mishel , Silvia , Sarai Beatriz

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marila Arana.


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



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