A loan helped a member to buy basic staples and grains, cleaning and personal care products, and antibacterial gel.

Argelia Group's story

During this challenging time of the pandemic, when many marketplaces are closed or operating with reduced hours, small convenience stores are essential in small rural communities in Guatemala. Claudia, a 26-year-old married mother of a 2-year-old son, has a well-stocked store.

Although Claudia graduated with a teaching certificate, she was unable to find employment. Her husband works on a sugar cane farm. They are saving some of their income to cover future educational expenses for their son.

With her first Kiva loan, Claudia plans to buy basic staples and grains, cleaning and personal care products, and antibacterial gel, so she can restock her store.

Claudia, along with 7 other ladies, looks forward to the monthly meetings of their Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Argelia” in the department/state of Retalhuleu. A Facilitator shares useful information with them about health, family matters and women’s issues, as well as effective business management practices. Because the women have little or no formal education, the Facilitator uses pictures, drawings, role playing and games to share the information. Every two months, they have access to basic health care services and examinations. This is crucial as the healthcare system in Guatemala is sadly lacking.

Claudia and her friends are looking forward to investing in their traditional textile, poultry, basic grain and clothing businesses with an infusion of capital. Kiva investors play an essential role in their success. Thank you, Kiva investors!

In this group: Senia Ivonny , Gilda Ivette, Maria Amada , Claudia Victoria , Paulina , Paula Amparo, Cinthya Paulina , Rosalba Cristina

This loan is special because:

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

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