Total loan: $3,825

Mujeres Virgen De Guadalupe Group

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Santa Maria de Jesus, San Juan Sacatepequez, , Guatemala / Agriculture

Mujeres Virgen De Guadalupe Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy more bags of fertilizer.

Mujeres Virgen De Guadalupe Group's story

Lucia is one of the 7 members of the Trust Bank "Mujeres Virgen De Guadalupe". The women are originally from the State/Department of Sacatepéquez in Guatemala. They are indigenous Maya of the ethnic group Kaqchiquel. Lucia and most of the other women only attended two years of education but they can read and write. They are applying for a loan to invest in their businesses selling their vegetables, toys, and chocolate-covered fruit and ice cream. This group is starting their 2nd loan cycle with Kiva.

Lucia is a farmer and together with her husband, they grow squash, green beans and zucchini. Their vegetables are sold in local markets. With this loan, Lucia will buy more bags of fertilizer. The business produces enough income to invest in the education and basic needs of their 3 children. The teenagers are between the ages of 13-17. They are currently studying in their 5th, 7th and 8th years of education. Lucia is 39 years old. She only studied in school for two years. Lucia’s current goal is to help her children finish high school.

The "Microcredit Plus" program of Friendship Bridge offers three benefits: microloans, non-formal education (business management, women, family, nutrition), and health clinics. Each month, the women meet to pay their loans and learn about the monthly topic such as hygiene or women’s rights. The group agrees and says that, "each of the monthly lessons strengthens our skills and this helps us to be successful”.

Thanks to Kiva’s lenders!