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Total loan: $3,500

Naranjas De Cucabaj Group

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

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A loan helped to buy chickens, turkeys and more thread.

Naranjas De Cucabaj Group's story

The treasurer of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Naranjas de Cucabaj” is 23-year-old Maria. She is a married mother of a 4-year-old daughter.

Maria helps support her household with two businesses. For eight years, she has had a business buying and selling chickens and turkeys. To generate additional income, Maria weaves traditional blouses or “huipiles.”

With her third Kiva loan, Maria would like to buy chickens, turkeys and more thread.

There are seven Maya K’iche ladies in the Trust Bank who live in the department/state of Quiche. They have small restaurants, as well as animal husbandry and traditional textile businesses. They understand the importance of gaining knowledge about business, health, nutrition, hygiene and how to empower themselves. The women learn about these topics and more in their monthly Trust Bank meetings. A facilitator, using role playing, games, pictures and diagrams, shares relevant information with them.

Maria says that she found the subject of effective business management practices (budgeting, planning and investing) most helpful. Every other month, the ladies can access basic health care services. Friendship Bridge calls the useful combination of loans, education and health care services “Microcredit Plus.”

It would be impossible for these ladies to walk into a bank to secure a loan. Thank you, Kiva lenders, for your kindness and generosity in funding these much appreciated loans!