A loan helped a member to buy ingredients for her recipes and cement block to construct a new stove.


Mujeres Vencedoras Group's story

Olga, a 43 year old married mother of 3 children, fell in love with being an entrepreneur when she was only 10 years old. She would go out with her mother to sell vegetables. In spite of having only a 3rd grade education, she is determined to succeed in her regional snack business.

Olga makes delicious “atoles” (a corn drink), “chuchitos” (ball of corn dough with chicken and tomato sauce wrapped in dry corn leaf), “tostadas” (flat toasted corn tortilla with toppings) and “tamales”(larger than a Mexican “tamale") that is wrapped in a banana leaf). Some of her income supported the high school education of 2 of her children who graduated while the youngest is still in high school. She requests her 5th KIVA loan to buy ingredients for her recipes and cement block to build a stove with a grill.

Six women in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Vencedoras” or “Winning Women” elected Olga to be their President! They live on the southern coast in the department/state of Suchitepequez. After making loan payments at their monthly meetings, they eagerly participate in educational training sessions (health, business, family matters, women’s issues) designed by a Facilitator who uses pictures, diagrams, role playing and games to share the information. Every other month, they have access to basic health care services delivered by a visiting nurse. This useful combination of loans, education and health care is called “Microcredit Plus”.

Thank you, KIVA investors!

In this group: Zonia Elizabeth, Gloria, Olga Marina, Julieta Amiscela , Teresa Eufemia , Maria Eufracia , Blanca Marlene


This loan is special because:

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



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