Total loan: $3,575

Vasquez San Miguel Group

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San Cristobal Totonicapan , Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to purchase of a large number of chickens.

Vasquez San Miguel Group's story

The Guatemalan department of Totonicapán is quite cool. In one of the cool areas is the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank "Vásquez San Miguel" with seven Maya K'iche' speaking members who also speak Spanish with difficulty. Most of the women only have a 5th grade education and are dedicated to having their children graduate from high school but they also continue to infuse their 4,000 year old culture into their children's and grandchildren's lives through wearing traditional clothing and speaking K'iche'. In order to have successful businesses, they are requesting a second loan from KIVA to invest in their animal husbandry and textile businesses.

A member of the group is 36-year-old Maria, who is one with a 5th grade education. She has two profitable businesses - sewing traditional clothing, along with raising chickens. From the profits of her businesses, she invests funds into her two children's (4 and 15) education. Maria is envisioning a profitable business, thus is requesting a KIVA loan to purchase of a large number of chickens.

Maria’s profitable business vision is supported by her participation in the monthly meetings of the "Microcredit Plus" program of small loans and educational trainings (business, health, women, family). She also receives health services. Each month she becomes a better business woman by learning to budget, plan, and invest. She also develops self-esteem and becomes a better mother by learning good nutrition, hygiene and health habits.

Thank you KIVA!