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For the past twenty years, Mrs. Balvina E. has had a business raising chickens and pigs at her house.

She sells them both from her home and at the local market.

She has nine children who help her tend to the animals. In her free time, she knits traditional crafts.

Her husband is not in Guatemala.

Thanks to the business she can support her children, and the majority of them are studying.

Translated from Spanish by Mary Lynn, Kiva Volunteer.

La señora Balvina E. tiene un negocio de crianza de pollos y marranos en su casa.

Su negocio lo tiene desde hace más de 20 años, y vende los pollos y marranos en su casa y en el mercado de la localidad.

Tiene 9 hijos, y ellos le ayudan en el cuidado de los animales, en sus tiempos libres se dedica a hacer tejidos típicos a mano.

Su esposo no esta en Guatemala.

Gracias a este negocio ella mantiene a sus hijos, y la mayoría de ellos están estudiando.

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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
  • 120
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    Guatemala Loans Fundraising
  • $10,316,900
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 7.5
    Guatemala Quetzales (GTQ) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Balbina purchase of chickens and pigs to raise and sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 9, 2008
Jun 24, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 15, 2009