Total loan: $2,550

Mujeres De Maria Group

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San Lucas Tolimán, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy chicks and baby pigs.

Mujeres De Maria Group's story

One of the members of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres de Maria” is 60-year-old Patrocinia, who lives in the department/state of Solola. She has an animal husbandry business and raises chickens and pigs. Patrocinia is married with eight children all over the age of 18. With a great deal of effort, she has educated all of them. This has not been easy because education is not free in Guatemala.

With a Kiva loan, Patrocinia will be able to buy chicks and baby pigs. She is certain that together with her Kiva loan and a bit of savings, she will be able to expand the business and meet the needs of her customers.

The Trust bank is located in a rural area and was formed by seven Maya Kaqchikel ladies. This is their fourth Kiva loan. They have learned a great deal in their monthly training about how to manage, budget, plan, and invest in their small businesses. The ladies use that information in their businesses that include the sales of vegetables, corn, beans, regional prepared foods and colorful traditional clothing. Others like Patrocinia raise animals. She shares, “With this training, we are better equipped to take care of our finances, our businesses, our health, and value ourselves as women.” Other topics covered include health, hygiene, nutrition and the use of medicinal plants. “Microcredit Plus” is the name given to the combination of loans, education and health care services.

Thank you, Kiva lenders, for your loan support!