A loan helped a member to buy pots, pans, a blender, and a cylinder of gas for her business.

Las Bendicion De Pajales Group's story

Felisa, a 31-year-old married mother of 4 children (6-13), learned to cook from her mother. Seventeen years ago, she began her food delivery service, offering her customers complete meals, regional snack foods, and drinks. Her husband is a day laborer. Two other of her children died because there was no access to health care services. With a Kiva loan, Felisa can purchase pots, pans, a blender, and a cylinder of gas. She looks forward to improving and expanding her business and raising the standard of living for her family.

Although she has no formal education, Felisa appreciates the monthly educational training sessions (business, health, family, women) in her Friendship Bridge Trust Bank called “La Bendición de Pajales”. There are 9 other ladies in the group who have elected her to be their President! They live in a coastal area in the department/state of Retalhuleu. The women have food businesses, sell tortillas and shellfish, make chocolate and “pinol” flour. (“Pinol” is roasted ground maize mixed with a combination of cocoa, agave, cinnamon, chia seeds, vanilla and spices.) Their bi-monthly health care exams and consults are a critical component to the “Microcredit Plus” program. They are delivered by a trained nurse who is sensitive to their needs. Felisa understands the tremendous sadness of not being able to access health care services and Guatemala’s health care system is underfunded and stretched thin.

Thank you, Kiva investors!

In this group: Felisa , Maria , Mirna Fabiola , Francisca Trinidad , Mariela , Juana Francisca , Juana Francisca, Alejandra Beatriz, Ana Gabriela , Veronica Marisol

This loan is special because:

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

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