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Total loan: $3,625

Azucareras Group

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San Antonio Suchitepéquez, Suchitepéquez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy pigs, corn, firewood, and ingredients for preparing her recipes.

Azucareras Group's story

Berta is a 47-year-old married woman and a mother of four children who range in age from 17 to 24. She has a fourth grade education. Berta and her husband support one another with generating income so that they can provide their children a full education and improve their living conditions. Berta is a busy woman who manages three businesses: preparing lunches, selling pork, and selling firewood. She has approached the Kiva lenders to apply for her first loan. Berta plans to invest in her businesses, so she will use her loan to buy pigs, corn, firewood, and ingredients for preparing her recipes.

Berta is one of the eight women who make up the Community Bank named “Azucareras” with Friendship Bridge. The live in the coastal area of the State of Suchitepéquez. These women have small restaurants, sell fish, raise pigs, sell fruit, and sell corn tortillas and firewood. In addition to having access to loans, these women participate in monthly educational seminars that cover four topics: business, preventative health, family, and women’s issues. Berta appreciates learning about these topics, especially the dangers of over-indebtedness and making good investments. Every two months, the women have access to basic health services. This combination of loans, education, and health care services is called “Microcredit Plus”.

Berta and her companions are grateful to participate in this program. They express their thanks to the Kiva lenders for impacting their lives!