A loan of $3,825 helped a member to acquire new medicinal products in order to diversify her inventory and increase sales.

Lluvia De Bendicion Group's story

Quetzaltenango is the second largest city in Guatemala and an important commercial center. In one of the many neighborhoods of the city, nine hardworking women have formed a Friendship Bridge Trust Bank called “Lluvias de Bendición” or “Blessed Rain”. They are all Maya Kiché and quite proud of their culture and heritage.

Dolores is the President of the Trust Bank. She is 51 years old, married and has three children. She is quite pleased that all three are in school because she understands that with education, they will have more opportunities and their standard of living will be much higher than hers. This dedicated woman sells medicinal plants, vitamins, soaps, lotions and shampoos that are 100% natural. The growing demand for her products motivates her to acquire new products in order to diversify her inventory and increase sales. For these reasons, she is requesting a new loan.

The ladies of the Trust Bank benefit greatly from the educational sessions in their monthly meetings. Acquiring new personal and business tools enables them to have more self-confidence and self-esteem. Friendship Bridge realizes that the combination of the loans and education, which the organization calls “Microcredit Plus”, is quite effective for the ladies to empower themselves. At their monthly meetings, the women learn about how to successfully manage their loans with presentations about accounting, budgeting, pricing, marketing and customer service. Their personal lives are enhanced with knowledge about health, hygiene and nutrition, as well as women’s rights and leadership.

Dolores and the women express their appreciation to Kiva lenders for their kindness in funding the loans. The women promise to work hard and pay the loans back in full and on time. We look forward to reporting on their progress in a future report. Thank you, Kiva lenders!

In this group: Dolores , Yohana Nataly , Maria Elena , Eugenia Encarnacion , Libna Eliasib , Ines , Ana Maria , Dominga Viviana, Lilian Eugenia

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