Total loan: $4,700

Margaritas De Chuisuc Group

Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy 200 chicks to fatten up and then sell.

Margaritas De Chuisuc Group's story

The state/department of Totonicapán is where nine ladies have formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Margaritas de Chuisuc” with the intentions of empowering themselves, expanding their small businesses, and educating their children. Fortunately, the “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge (loans + education) is a great way for them to accomplish their goals.

They meet monthly to make payments on their loans and then participate in educational trainings where they learn about themselves (women’s health, self esteem, empowerment), their families (use of medicinal plants, hygiene, health, nutrition), and their businesses (planning, budgeting, savings). The women have various businesses that include animal husbandry (chickens), a bakery, prepared foods (french fries), a hardware store, as well as traditional textile production (blouses or “huipiles” and shawls or “perrajes”).

The women are excited to begin their first loan cycle with Kiva. Sandra is one of them. She has a poultry business. She raises and sells chickens. She is requesting a loan to buy 200 chicks to fatten up and then sell. Her goal is to construct a bright future for her seven year old son. She wants to see him have a complete education and get a good job. Although Sandra only has a sixth grade education, she has been learning a lot in the monthly trainings about business management, nutrition and health.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for your generosity with these women!