Total loan: $4,900

Flor De Maria Group

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Joyabaj, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy two bulls and supplies (wood and metal sheeting) to construct a bigger corral.

Flor De Maria Group's story

In a rural community in the state/department of Quiche, 8 Maya K’iche ladies have formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Flor de Maria”. This is their second loan cycle, and they hope to invest the funds in their animal husbandry (chickens, goats and cattle) and traditional textile businesses.

They have an average of four years of formal education, and only a few can read and write. They speak both Maya K’iche and Spanish. Since they live far from markets, they need to walk at least an 1 ½ hours to sell their animals or textiles.

Tomasa, a 47-year-old married mother with six children ages 15 to 27 years, is a member of the group. She is proud to have sent four of her children through the ninth grade. Two have a second grade education. Tomasa has a fourth grade education. She raises chickens, pigs and cattle, as well as selling milk, cream and cheese. With a Kiva loan, Tomasa plans to buy two bulls and supplies, wood and metal sheeting, to construct a bigger corral.

All of the women look forward to their monthly meetings, when they gather to support each other, make loan payments and participate in useful educational training, which is part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and healthcare services. They learn to manage their businesses effectively as they learn about planning, budgeting, investing and savings. They gain valuable information about nutrition, hygiene, health and the use of medicinal plants as well.

Thank you, Kiva investors!!