Total loan: $1,700

Mujeres De Coyolate Group

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Patulul, Suchitepequez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Agriculture

Mujeres De Coyolate Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy more pigs, feed, and wood to construct new corrals.

Mujeres De Coyolate Group's story

The department/state of Suchitepequez contains rich soil and abundant water sources like the Coyolate and Madre Vieja rivers. It is perfect for farming and that is what most of the seven Maya K’iche ladies in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres de Coyolate” do to contribute to the family expenses. They mainly grow corn, but a few raise chickens and pigs. They are requesting their first Kiva loan.

Aurelia, a 45-year-old mother of nine children who range in age from 5 to 20, is the President of the group. She has a first-grade education. She is proud that her older three children finished elementary school while the rest are still studying. She raises and sells pigs. Aurelia would like to expand the business and is requesting a Kiva loan to buy more pigs, feed, and wood to construct new corrals.

Aurelia and her friends in the group benefit greatly from their monthly educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and healthcare services. They learn about effective business practices like planning, budgeting, investing, and savings. The ladies are eager to learn about how to care for their families better, as they learn about health, hygiene, nutrition, and the use of medicinal plants. They also empower themselves, raise their self esteem, and have more determination to move ahead and succeed.

In providing funding for these much-needed loans, Kiva investors fill a vital role along with Friendship Bridge. Thank you to each of you!