Total loan: $3,200

Las Rosas Group

Caserío Chipop, San Antonio Palopó, Sololá, , Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy five turkeys and two pigs to fatten up and then sell in the market.

Las Rosas Group's story

In spite of their limited resources, the seven Maya Kaqchikel women in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank Las Rosas are positive and have hope. They live in a rural area in the department/state of Solola. This is their second Kiva loan cycle, and they plan to use the funds in their small businesses selling corn and beans as well as raising poultry and livestock. Other women are seamstresses and make beautiful and colorful aprons. They have learned how to manage their loans in their monthly educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and healthcare services.

Manuela, a 34-year-old married mother of three children (6-13), is a member of the group without any formal education. This has not stopped her from developing herself as a woman and entrepreneur. All of her children attend school (first, sixth, and eighth grades) and have all their needs met at home. Manuela wants to leave a good legacy to them and also see that they receive complete educations. Five years ago, she began her animal-husbandry business with the hope that she could help raise the living standard of the family. She is requesting a Kiva loan to buy five turkeys and two pigs to fatten up and then sell in the market.

Manuela and her friends are unable to walk into a bank to secure a loan. In providing funding for Kiva loans, Kiva lenders are filling an essential role. Thank you to each of you!