Total loan: $3,375

Mujeres Activas Xenacoj Group

Santo Domingo Xenacoj, Sacatepequez, Sacatepéquez Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to purchase more chickens as well as a variety of different colored threads for her textile business.

Mujeres Activas Xenacoj Group's story

Many of the ladies who participate in the Microcredit Plus program of Friendship Bridge have more than one business. This is true for Maria, the Treasurer of the Trust Bank “Mujeres Activas Xena”. She is a 52 year old single mother of 2 children, aged 27 and 30. She was able to send both of them to school. She raises chickens, as well as sews and weaves traditional textiles like pretty blouses or “huipiles”, colorful belts or “fajas", and various table coverings. She is currently requesting her fourth Kiva loan to enlarge her flock of chickens and to buy a variety of different colored threads for her textile business. She shares: “I feel happy because I am able to access loans and I see that my income is increasing. Also, thanks to our monthly educational trainings, I manage my business much better, have money in savings, and have access to preventative healthcare services.”

The monthly educational trainings, part of the Microcredit Plus program of loans, education and healthcare services, are of vital importance to the seven Maya Kaqchikel ladies in the group. Many of their husbands and friends work on fertile farms in their department/state of Sacatepequez where wheat, corn, beans, peas, avocados, apples, pears and peaches are grown. The seven ladies in the Trust Bank raise animals, and weave or sew colorful traditional textiles.

Maria and her friends cannot access loans in a bank. Their Kiva loans mean a great deal to them. Thanks to each of you!