Total loan: $3,050

Florecitas De Tzolojche Group

Momostenango, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy more chickens, feed, and wire mesh.

Florecitas De Tzolojche Group's story

Francisca is a 67-year-old Maya K’iche member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Florecitas de Tzolojche” that is located high in the mountains in the department/state of Totonicapan. Francisca is married and the mother of four children who are now over the age of 30. Although she has no formal education, she is able to successfully manage her poultry business. With her income, she was able to send each of her children through elementary school.

Francisca has some large orders to fill and is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy more chickens, feed, as well as wire mesh to reinforce the corrals.

There are 7 Maya K’iche ladies in the Trust Bank who sell clothing, plastic containers and raise chickens and poultry. In their monthly educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge, they learn about healthy habits, nutritional recommendations, hygiene and how to prioritize their expenses. They also gain information about effective business management skills like budgeting, planning, investing and savings Every other month, the women have access to basic health care services. Friendship Bridge calls the effective combination of loans, education, health care and other “plus” services, “Microcredit Plus”.

In spite of the daunting challenges that Francisca and her friends in the Trust Bank encounter, they are determined to step into a brighter future. KIVA investors, partnering with Friendship Bridge, are a huge help to them. Thank you!