Mujeres De Xepatan Group
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A loan helped to buy seeds, fertilizer and tools for her small farm.
Mujeres De Xepatan Group's story
Elena is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres de Xepatan” in the department of Chimaltenango. She is a farmer growing peas and also embroiders colorful traditional blouses called “huipiles”. Part of the income from her businesses is earmarked for the continuing education of her children. The older children reached the fourth grade and the youngest is in the first grade. With a Kiva loan, Elena could buy seeds, fertilizer and tools to work the land.
There are 12 Maya Kaqchikel women in the Trust Bank who live in a rural area in Chimaltenango. They are beginning their second loan cycle. At their monthly meetings, the ladies make loan payments and then participate in educational sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care. Topics for the educational sessions are relevant to their lives and cover an aspect of 4 subjects: business, health, family, women. There are advanced training sessions for artisans and farmers. Every other month, the ladies have access to basic health care services like Pap smears, high blood pressure screenings, etc. A visiting nurse who speaks their Maya language attends to them.
Thank you, Kiva lenders, for the important role you play in the lives of Elena and her friends. They are opening doors to a brighter future!