A loan of $4,000 helped a member to buy utensils and other supplies in order to improve her food businesses.

Mujeres Central Group's story

San Juan La Laguna is a clean and beautiful little town on the shores of Lake Atitlan in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. It is here that seven ladies have formed a Friendship Bridge Trust Bank called “Mujeres Central”. The women are Maya “Tzutijil” and many speak that indigenous language, as well as Spanish.

The Secretary of the Trust Bank is 29-year-old Encarnación who is married with one daughter. She carries out her secretarial duties successfully and also enjoys success with her small store where she sells high quality textiles. Encarnación also has a stall in the local market where she sells baby clothes and undergarments for women. Recently, she began another business and sells “ceviche” which is a marinated fish cocktail. This is her own delicious recipe and her customers love to buy it from her. Encarnación is requesting a new loan that she will use to buy more utensils and other supplies in order to improve her businesses.

All of the ladies of the Trust Bank benefit from the monthly educational seminars given by a Loan Officer of Friendship Bridge. They can immediately use relevant information about business administration, budgeting and accounting as well as customer service and indebtedness. Other topics covered include health and medicinal plants, women’s rights and self esteem and healthy habits. Friendship Bridge calls the combination of the loans and non-formal education “Microcredit Plus”. It is a valuable combination that really works for the over 20,000 women clients of the organization!

Encarnación and the six other women in her Trust Bank want Kiva investors to know how much they appreciate being able to secure these small loans. They work hard to manage their businesses successfully and are determined to pay back the loans fully and on time. Thank you, Kiva investors!

In this group: Encarnacion, Encarnacion, Florentina Juana, Luisa, Ana Antonieta, Maria Elvira, Maria Marta

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