Total loan: $4,025

Mujeres Al Exito Group

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Huitan, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy building supplies to enlarge her corrals, nails, wire, and wood, as well as some chicks.

Mujeres Al Exito Group's story

“Mujeres Al Exito” or “Successful Women” is the name that eight women have given to their Friendship Bridge Trust Bank. They live in the department/state of Quetzaltenango. They are all hardworking mothers who sell chicken meat by the pound and secondhand clothing, and raise animals. Another member has a printing business and makes large banners.

Maura, a 44-year-old, married mother of four children (10-23) is a member of the group who works with her husband to earn enough to cover the household expenses and educate the children. Maura’s husband is a teacher while she has an animal husbandry business raising hens, ducks, turkeys and pigs. Maura is currently requesting her first Kiva loan to buy building supplies to enlarge her corrals, and she needs to buy nails, wire, and wood, as well as some chicks.

As these women have little or no formal education, it is essential for them to not only get loan support but also information about effective business practices, health, hygiene, nutrition and the use of medicinal plants. They also learn about women’s rights/roles and bodies. At their monthly meetings, a facilitator shares this information and the women participate in games and role playing and see pictures and diagrams. Often they share what they learn with family and friends. The effective combination of loans, education and health care services is called “Microcredit Plus.”

Kiva lenders provide such a valuable service in funding these much needed loans. Thank you and Happy New Year!