Total loan: $4,875

Agricultoras De Parraxtut Group

Sacapulas, Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to purchase a large sack of garlic seeds and a large quantity of onion seeds.

Agricultoras De Parraxtut Group's story

Sacapulas is a town located in the Department or State of El Quiche (pronounced “key-chay”) where the weather is warm and the soil is fertile. Approximately 10 years ago, the town was connected by a new paved road to the larger towns of Aguacatan and Nebaj, giving the population access to new markets for their goods. Outside of the town, nine women have formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Agricultoras de Parraxtut” (Farmers of Parraxtut) and as the name would suggest, they are farmers. The ladies mostly farm garlic, onions, tomatoes and chiles. They are beginning their very first loan cycle with KIVA investors and are quite excited about the possibilities for their business endeavors. Magdalena is a member of the Trust Bank. She is 21 years of age and a single mother of a 4 year old little girl. She is a farmer who grows and sells garlic and onions. She is requesting a loan to purchase a large sack of garlic seeds, as well as a large quantity of onion seeds. Magdalena wants to increase her production and have enough to sell in nearby markets. Her goal is to generate more income and give her daughter better opportunities including the chance to go to school. She also wants to be able to cover the basic necessities including good food, clothing, along with being able to pay for healthcare. Although Magdalena never attended school, she has a wonderful opportunity when she attends her monthly Trust Bank meetings. The “Microcredit Plus” Program of Friendship Bridge, that combines small loans and educational trainings, occupies a critical role for indigenous women in the organization. Kiva investors, partnering with Friendship Bridge, are greatly valued by the women in Friendship Bridge Trust Banks. Since this is the first Kiva loan for “Agricultoras de Parraxtut”, the ladies are quite excited thinking about the possibilities for improving and expanding their farming businesses. Thank you, Kiva investors!