Total loan: $4,300

Mujeres De Pie Del Aguila Group

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Sacapulas, Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped To buy more garlic seed along with fertilizer for her crops.

Mujeres De Pie Del Aguila Group's story

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres de Pie del Águila” (Women at the Foot of the Eagle) is located in rural northwestern Guatemala in an area called Sacapulas. Sacapulas is a very rich cultural place where the K’iche Maya live. It is also where the beauty of nature abounds and surrounds.

Seven women, between the ages of 22 and 65, make up the membership of the Trust Bank. They all are small business entrepreneurs, who grow garlic and onions or have small convenience stores. They speak Maya K’iche and some Spanish. Most never had the opportunity to go to school to get a formal education. Education is very important to all of them since they are married and have school- aged children. The ladies realize how important education is for a successful future for their children.

Pascuala is a new member of the group. She is 22 years old and has a 6-year-old child. She only has had one year of formal education. Pascuala works hard on a daily basis growing and selling garlic.

She is asking for a loan so that she can buy more garlic seed, along with fertilizer for her crops. Pascuala is very excited to be able to expand her farming business and earn more because next year she is enrolling her child in school!

The educational curriculum of Friendship Bridge is responsive to the needs of the women. Each month, a facilitator from the organization involves the ladies in educational training on relevant subjects. The women are eager and excited to participate. Friendship Bridge calls the useful combination of education and loans “Microcredit Plus”.

Pascuala and the other members of “Mujeres de Pie del Águila” are very grateful to the KIVA investors who have given their generous support to their small businesses and agricultural activities. You have given them the most important gifts that anyone can give...many thanks!!!