Total loan: $4,100

Alegria De Patachaj Group

San Cristobal Totonicapan , Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy chickens and pigs that she will fatten and sell.

Alegria De Patachaj Group's story

The combination of educational trainings, loans and healthcare services is what Friendship Bridge calls “Microcredit Plus”. More than 28,000 underserved Guatemalan ladies learn about effective business practices (planning, investing, savings), health (skincare, nutrition, family planning), and women’s issues (rights, roles, empowerment). Because the women have little or no formal education, they are eager to learn!

Loida, a 51 year old married mother of 7 children, has no formal education. She is one of 8 ladies in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Alegria Patachaj” in the department/state of Totonicapan. Loida has worked hard so that all of her children have at least a 6th grade education. She has a textile business and makes traditional colorful blouses that she sells in 2 nearby markets. With her earnings, she was able to start an animal husbandry business raising chickens and pigs. This 2nd business is going well and Lioda would like to buy more animals. She is requesting her 2nd KIVA loan to buy chickens and pigs that she will fatten and sell.

Each month, Loida and her friends in the group look forward to their monthly meetings when they offer each other support and encouragement. They learn about each other’s businesses that include animal husbandry and textile production. The women strive to empower themselves, educate their children, expand their businesses and leave poverty behind. Thank you, KIVA investors, for the role you play in their lives!