Antonia is 48 years old and married with seven children, two currently in primary school. Her husband works as a merchant. Antonia never went to school, but she has worked hard to start and run her tortilla stall and animal-raising business. She started these businesses six years ago with personal savings and the help of one of her daughters.
Antonia is requesting a loan as part of the ¨Mujeres Progresistas Group¨ (Progressive Women´s Group) to grow these businesses in order to serve more clients. Her goal is to run and manage several stalls throught her area.
Other members of the Progressive Women´s Group are working in the following fields: consumer goods, footwear and various clothing manufacturing and sales. This is the group´s first loan through Asociacion ASDIR.
About Asociación ASDIR
ASDIR (Asociación de Desarrollo Integral Rural - Association for the Development of Rural Communities) is a community-based organization that works to promote development in the villages and communities where it serves. It was founded in 1999 in the village of Nimasac, Totonicapán Department, by a handful of local men and women to support community projects and group loans. Today ASDIR has 5 offices across 3 departments (Totonicapán, Sololá and Suchitepéquez) serving more than 6,000 clients, most of them in rural communities.
This is a Group Loan
In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.
Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.