Total loan: $2,700

Mujeres De Sancho Group

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Joyabaj, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

Mujeres De Sancho Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy more chickens, goats and pigs.

Mujeres De Sancho Group's story

Many of the women who participate in Friendship Bridge's Microcredit Plus program (providing loans, education, and health care) are farmers. However, because of crop failures, groundwater depletion, increased climate risks, and uncertain cash flow, many of them and others also raise animals. They can easily sell the meat, milk, eggs, wool or honey.

The president of the trust bank Mujeres de Sancho is 29-year-old Maria, who has an animal husbandry business. She is the mother of two children, 18 months and 8 years old. Her husband works on a farm cutting sugar cane. Maria is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy more chickens, goats and pigs.

There are eight Maya K’iche ladies in this trust bank, which is located in the department/state of Quiche. They look forward to their monthly meetings, where they share stories, make loan payments and participate in educational training (business management, health, family matters, women’s issues). Every other month, the women have access to basic health care services. Some of the women have convenience stores while others sell vegetables and animals. In order to sell their produce and animals, they must travel in the back of a pickup on a bumpy dirt road for one hour.

There are few, if any, resources available to these underserved women. Kiva investors, partnering with Friendship Bridge, are greatly appreciated by them. Thank you to each of you for learning about Maria and her friends and for funding their loans!