Total loan: $5,375
Sembradoras Santa Maria Cauque Group
Santiago Sacatepéquez, Sacatepéquez, Sacatepéquez Department, Guatemala / Agriculture
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A loan helped to invest in seeds and fertilizer to harvest and sell beautiful produce.
Sembradoras Santa Maria Cauque Group's story
Margarita is 34 years old and the mother of three children between the ages of six and 15. Her children are all enrolled in school and are the motivation for her to work hard. Margarita is a farmer who grows beets, radishes, and cilantro that she sells outside her community. She is a member of the “Sembradoras Santa Maria Cauque” loan group of the Microcredit Plus Program of Friendship Bridge. This program focuses on educational trainings and small loans to help women like Margarita see positive outcomes related to their business development and to alleviate poverty. The Sembradoras Santa Maria Cauque group is comprised of six ladies and is located in the central highlands of Guatemala. Members are farmers who raise radishes, beets, and cilantro, cattle owners and small business owners who run a tortilla and meat shop. Their loans and educational training have helped them raise their standards of living and create more opportunities. Margarita and her friends are better able to manage their small businesses as they learn about planning, investing, and savings. They learn about other relevant topics as well such as self-esteem, empowerment, women’s rights, and health. A facilitator from Friendship Bridge covers one topic at each monthly meeting using role playing, games, pictures, and diagrams. Margarita is requesting a loan to invest in seeds and fertilizer to harvest and sell beautiful produce. The Sembradoras Santa Maria Cauque group is beginning its first loan cycle with Kiva. Thank you, Kiva investors!