Total loan: $6,000

Fatima Group

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Nahualá, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to restock her shelves and buy feed for animals.

Fatima Group's story

The seven ladies in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Fatima”, who live in the department/state of Solola, are requesting their second Kiva loan. They have been meeting monthly to make prompt loan payments, and participate in educational trainings (business, health, family, women), part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care. They raise animals (chickens, ducks, turkeys, pigs), weave traditional intricate wrap around tube skirts or “cortes”, colorful blouses or “huipiles” and intricately woven belts. Another woman has a business selling agricultural and veterinary products and medicines. They have common goals of educating their children, empowering themselves, expanding their businesses and eliminating poverty.

Maria, a 57-year-old married mother of six children ages 20 to 38, is a member of the group. Her oldest three children are high school graduates. The others are still studying. Eight years ago, Maria’s husband died and today, her children help run the family business selling veterinary products and medicines. There is a big demand for the products and so Maria is requesting a Kiva loan to restock her shelves and buy feed for animals.

Kiva investors, partnering with Friendship Bridge, provide such essential services to these women. Thank you to each of you!