Total loan: $3,500

Mujeres Organizadas Group

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patzicia, chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Agriculture

Mujeres Organizadas Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy seedlings of lettuce, broccoli, and cauliflower at wholesale prices.

Mujeres Organizadas Group's story

“Mujeres Organizadas” or “Organized Women” is the name that seven Maya Kaqchikel ladies have given their Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, which is located in the department/state of Chimaltenango. Their average age is thirty-five and they have a limited amount of elementary school education. Their shared objectives are to increase their income and bring a higher standard of living to their families, including education for their children. They are farmers who grow lettuce, broccoli, and cauliflower, as well as weavers of colorful traditional blouses called “huipiles." These textiles are woven on backstrap looms and are elaborate and time consuming to make. The women are requesting their first Kiva loan!

Juliana is a farmer who works with her husband to support their large family of eight children, who range in age from four to nineteen. The couple tends their crops daily and they have set goals of increasing yield, improving quality, and finding new markets. They are wholesale sellers. Juliana is requesting a Kiva loan to buy seedlings of lettuce, broccoli, and cauliflower at the wholesale level.

Approximately 25 percent of the clients of Friendship Bridge are farmers and traditionally very underserved. This loan support is vital to their success. Also important are the monthly educational sessions (on business management, health, family, and women) that empower the women with useful information and raise their self esteem.

Kiva investors are very much appreciated by these ladies. Thank you!