Total loan: $5,000

Mujeres El Esfuerzo Group

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San Pedro Yepocapa, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy various kinds of beans and some vegetables, like carrots, cauliflower, and beets.

Mujeres El Esfuerzo Group's story

“Mujeres El Esfuerzo” or “Spirited Women” is the name that 9 Maya Kaqchikel ladies have given to their Friendship Bridge Trust Bank. They live in the department/state of Chimaltenango and get up very early in the morning to prepare meals and work their small farms. They tend fields of beans, corn, and tomatoes. They look forward to their monthly Trust Bank meetings where they make loan payments and then participate in educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and healthcare services. Because they have little or no formal education, they learn about topics like business, health, family, and women’s issues from a facilitator who uses pictures, diagrams, role playing, and games to share the information. Often they then share it with other family members and friends.

Cayetana, a married 57-year-old mother of 9 children, all over the age of 11 years, sells vegetables and beans in the local market. With her income, she has been able to cover the basic needs of her large family. Her older children finished elementary school, while the younger ones are still in school. She is currently requesting a Kiva loan to buy various kinds of beans and some vegetables, like carrots, cauliflower, and beets. Cayetana greatly enjoys the monthly meetings and shares, “In our last meeting, I learned about children’s rights. I am now giving advice to my friends and neighbors about the importance of taking care of and protecting children.”

Thank you, Kiva investors