Total loan: $4,025

Barrio San Antonio Group

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Santa Maria Visitacion, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy 100 chickens to increase her farm's flock.

Barrio San Antonio Group's story

The majority of the 30,000 clients of Friendship Bridge live in very rural areas where it is difficult to earn a living to support a family and send children to school. This is the case of 31-year-old Andrea, who is President of the Trust Bank "Barrio San Antonio", located in a rural area known as "The Land of Baskets", of Sololá in Guatemala's Western Highlands. Eight women make up the group with the goals of growing their small businesses and supporting the educational development of their children.

Andrea is married and has three children (ages 5-12). Her husband is a laborer with a small income, so Andrea is the main income generator for her family. She raises/sells chickens and is requesting a loan to buy 100 chickens to increase her farm's flock. She hopes her income will provide her children with a good education and a brighter futures.

As a client of Friendship Bridge, she and her friends in "Barrio San Antonio" participate in the educational part of the "Microcredit Plus" program (education + loans) that provides beneficial trainings each month in one of four critical areas: business, health, family and women's issues. As the ladies increase their knowledge in business skills, health, and self-esteem, they become more empowered and successful. Kiva investors are an important part of this equation since they provide the loans that grow the women's businesses. The women of "Barrio San Antonio" are very grateful for the support. Thank you and best wishes for the happiest of holidays!