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Manuela I. is 58 years old and lives in the town of Tecpan, Guatemala, in the department of Chimaltenango. She is a widow and for the past two years has helped support her two unmarried daughters.

Manuela’s business is raising pigs, which she has done for nearly 30 years. In addition to this business, she also buys and sells hand-made “guipiles” (traditional Guatemalan blouses).

Manuela is requesting a loan in order grow her business. She says that in the coming season she needs more pigs and will use her loan to breed and care for them. Her dream is that her daughters have their own homes, and that she can continue to take advantage of her good health and keep working hard and moving forward.


Translated from Spanish by Andrea Bouch, Kiva Fellow.


Manuela I. tiene 58 años de edad, vive en el municipio de Tecpan Guatemala departamento de Chimaltenango. Ella es viuda, y desde hace 2 años tiene bajo se responsabilidad dos hijas solteras mayores de edad. Su negocio de crianza y destace de marranos lo inicio hace 30 años, también compra y venta de tejido de guipiles a mano. Ella necesita de un préstamo para mantener su negocio, ya que en temporada necesita más marranos. Su sueño es que sus hijas tengan casas propias, aprovechando que ella esta bien de salud puede trabajar y salir adelante.

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About FAPE

FAPE, the Foundation for the Assistance of Small Businesses, is a nonprofit, socially-minded institution that provides loans to micro-entrepreneurs across Guatemala.

About Guatemala

  • $5,300
    Average annual income
  • 127
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    Guatemala Loans Fundraising
  • $10,878,525
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 8.0
    Guatemala Quetzales (GTQ) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,125 helped Manuela to buy more pigs and more pig food.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 22, 2009
Apr 22, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 15, 2010