Total loan: $4,875

Agua Tibia Group

San Juan Ostuncalco, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to purchase 2 pigs and large sacks of feed.

Agua Tibia Group's story

Ten Maya K’iche ladies who sell chicken meat and make traditional textiles and colorful blankets have formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Agua Tibia” (“Warm Water”) Group in a rural area near Quetzaltenango, the second largest city in Guatemala.

The women are beginning their second loan cycle with Kiva and because of their monthly educational training, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program (loans and education), they have learned about effective business management practices. They also learn about women’s health, self esteem and empowerment. Since they have had little or no formal education, these sessions, which also include valuable lessons on hygiene, health and nutrition, are essential to their own well being and that of their families.

Catalina, a 41 year old separated mother of two children (ages 6 and 20) has a 1st grade education. She has worked hard so that her older child attended school through the 6th grade and her younger child is attending kindergarten.

Catalina raises pigs and chickens. She is requesting a loan to purchase two additional pigs and large sacks of feed. She wants to raise the standard of living for her family by increasing her income. As the sole parent, Catalina has a great deal of responsibility.

By providing funding for these necessary loans, Kiva investors are filling an important need in the lives of these women. Thank you for extending a helping hand to Catalina and her friends!