Total loan: $6,025

Unidas Clarenas Group

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Santa Clara La Laguna, Solola, Solola, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped buy more bulls, as well as pigs to raise.

Unidas Clarenas Group's story

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank "Unidas Clarenas," with 8 Maya K'iche’ members, is located in a rural area of the department of Sololá in the highlands of Guatemala. Most of the women have a primary-school education, although some can neither read nor write.

Their husbands are day laborers or masons. Therefore, they are happy their businesses raising animals, vegetables, and grains, as well as some weave and embroider traditional blouses "huipiles or sell traditional clothing, can pay their household expenses. They are requesting a Kiva loan to invest new capital into their businesses.

The group's Secretary is 34-year-old Juana, who is married and has 2 children (2/8). She is fortunate to have had her parents provide a primary-school education. Her business is raising bulls. In her spare time, she embroiders traditional Maya blouses called "huipiles." Juana says she joined the group in order to get a Kiva loan to invest in buying buy more bulls, as well as pigs to raise then sell at good prices to generate profits.

Juana and her friends participate in the "Microcredit Plus" program that empowers women by combining small loans with education and medical care. The women learn from a Facilitator who uses games and diagrams to help them acquire knowledge in business management, women's issues and good health practices. All are encouraged to develop good self esteem in order to become independent and self-reliant.

Thank you Kiva, for your part in their success!