Total loan: $3,700

El Pilar Group

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Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Agriculture

El Pilar Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy 35 pounds of seeds to sow in a new field.

El Pilar Group's story

Ruth is the president of the El Pilar Friendship Bridge Trust Bank based in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. She attended school for eight years. She is 24 years old, married, and has two children, who are 1 and 5 years old. Ruth grows and sells peas. With the loan, she plans to buy 35 pounds of seeds to sow in a new field.

Ruth and the six other women in the El Pilar Trust Bank have businesses farming and selling tomatoes, peas, and strawberries as well as selling perfume and clothes. The group meets once a month to pay their loans as well as benefit from Friendship Bridge’s Microfinance Plus program that includes microloans, health services, and non-formal education. The non-formal education program helps women improve not only their businesses but also the rest of their lives, covering topics such as nutrition, budgeting, and self-esteem.

Thank you so much, Kiva investors! It is through your generous support that these women are able to grow their businesses and move into brighter futures.