A loan helped a member to buy basic grains, products for personal use, drinks, and snacks.


Inmaculada Concepcion Group's story

Neighborhood convenience stores have become a lifeline for area residents, enabling them to meet their basic needs without having to go to town markets. This is a safe way to provision themselves at this time when the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the population.

Santos, 49, a convenience store owner, is well aware of this and always stocks the shelves in her store. She is married and has 6 children (6 to 25). She studied 3 years in the adult literacy program. She believes that it is important to obtain higher education to have better opportunities. However, due to poverty, she only provided primary education for her older children. The youngest child is in kindergarten. She has requested her second loan from Kiva to buy basic grains, products for personal use, drinks, and snacks.

Santos is a member of the Puente de Amistad (Friendship Bridge) Community Bank “Inmaculada Concepcion” along with 6 other K'iche' Mayan women. They live in the Department / State of Totonicapán. They do small candle sales, sell second-hand clothing, and have convenience stores. They attend monthly educational trainings that focus on 4 pillars: business, health, family, and women. These sessions are essential for personal development, and these women learn to value themselves and their health. Every two months, they have access to health care services. Puente de Amistad calls this effective combination of loans, education, and health care "Microcredit Plus."

Kiva, in association with Puente de Amistad, offers Mayan women hope for a better future. Thank you!

In this group: Sara , Rosario , Maria Elena , Santos Agustina , Catarina , Juana , Maria


This loan is special because:

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



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