A loan of $2,550 helped a member to invest in the existing business (food), and to buy some materials, a mixer, for baking.

Mujeres En Prosperidad Group's story

The Trust Bank Mujeres en Prosperidad (Women in Prosperity) was formed three years ago in Tecpán Chimaltenango, a village in the central highlands of Guatemala near where the first capital of the country was founded. Currently, the Trust Bank has nine hard-working women who strive to move forward with their lives every day. The women engage in a variety of businesses, including selling: cosmetics, jewelry and gifts, typical and non-typical clothing, food, and curtains.

Maria Coralia is a member and founder of the Mujeres en Prosperidad Trust Bank. She is 56 years old, married and has nine children, five of which still depend on her. Coralia, as she is known locally, is named in honor of a person who provided work to her father for several years. In the photo, Coralia is the third woman (from left to right), she is wearing a black blouse with purple flowers.

Coralia has operated a food vendor business for the past 13 years. She sells small portions of typical Guatemalan food and operates her business from Monday to Saturday. She wakes up at 4:00 a.m. to prepare everything, and then she goes to the market from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to sell her products. Her business has slowly grown over the years, and she has been able to help pay for her children's education. While most of her children only completed the sixth grade before they stopped going to school, Coralia is optimistic that at least her younger children will reach high school.

Coralia is excited to receive a new loan, which she will use to start a new business. She is a very innovative woman and recently traveled to another city (three hours from home) for training in baking and decorations. She now wants to use her newfound knowledge to start a bakery. The loan that she receives will be used for two purposes: to invest in the existing business (food), and to buy some materials, such as a mixer, for baking.

"Access to loans for women is a great opportunity for growth; it makes us more independent and allows us to make our own decisions," said Coralia. "My dream for my current business as for my new business is that in the future the two of them can be sustainable, so I further support my children's education."

The Mujeres en Prosperidad Trust Bank is very surprised that people from other countries have the desire to invest in them and are thankful that Kiva lenders reach out and trust them to use the loans wisely.

In this group: Aura Noemi , Gloria Esperanza , Dora Elizabeth , Maria Coralia , Angela Argentina , Sonia Magali , Floridalma , Lourdes Adelaida , Guadalupe Perez

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