Total loan: $5,475

Saquic Group

Chiche, El Quiche, Guatemala , Quiché Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy a cow and chickens for her animal farm.

Saquic Group's story

Sebastiana is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, Saquic Group. She says her Maya language is critically important to her for maintaining her indigenous identity and cultural traditions. For this reason, she and her family have continued to educate the next generations in their K'iche culture. Sebastiana is 27 years old and married with two children (11 months and 2 years old). The industrious Sebastiana has several businesses, including masonry, which she does with her husband, as well as animal husbandry. To earn extra income, she sews clothing. Sebastiana wants to invest in her animal farm and is requesting her third Kiva loan to buy one cow and some chickens.

There are seven members of the Trust Bank, located in the Department of Quiché. Sebastiana and her friends meet monthly to participate in valuable educational sessions in business management - planning, budgeting, investing and saving. The topics help them to manage their small animal farms, textile and clothing businesses better. In addition, they learn about health, nutrition, hygiene and self esteem. The winning combination of small loans, education and health services is called, Microcredit Plus. Sebastiana shares, “An important issue in my life has been the leadership of women. This has prompted me to make the right decisions in managing my business.”

The ladies of Saquic Group are very grateful for Kiva investors who provide loans that give them the opportunity to give their families brighter futures. Thank you!