Total loan: $4,275

Manzanas Dulces Group

Huitan, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped (Brenda) to buy supplies to reinforce her 2 corrals and to buy more pigs and feed!

Manzanas Dulces Group's story

The objective of the 7 Mayan Mam ladies in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Manzanas Dulces” (“Sweet Apples”) is to provide better opportunities for their children. Their education is a top priority. They live high in the mountains in the department (state) of Quetzaltenango. They raise animals (chickens, pigs, sheep, cattle), and buy/sell traditional colorful clothing. They are hard workers and are about to begin their first Kiva loan cycle.

Brenda, a 20-year-old single mother with a 4-year-old son, lives in her parents’ home. Outside of the house, she has constructed two large corrals where she raises pigs. She is requesting a Kiva loan to buy supplies such as wood and metal sheeting to reinforce the corrals and to buy more pigs and feed. She shares, “I am successful because I have been able to earn an income. I am responsible and help cover the household expenses.”

There are many women like Brenda who are single mothers with a great deal of responsibility. They realize that education is a key to success and work hard so that their children can go to school. These ladies are also learners; in their monthly meetings, a Facilitator shares relevant information with them about 4 topics: health, family, women, and business. This combination of education, loans, and health care services is called “Microcredit Plus,” and it works!

Thank you, Kiva investors, for the essential role you play in the lives of Brenda and her friends!