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Total loan: $5,200

Sector 9 Group

Chichicastenango, Departamento El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy more chickens and to restock the shelves of her convenience store.

Sector 9 Group's story

It has been reported that an indigenous Guatemalan woman suffers much greater challenges than her fellow citizens. She is more likely to be poor, illiterate, unable to access health care services and overwhelmed by too many unplanned children.

Forty-seven-year-old Ana is one who has faced these challenges. She grew up unable to attend school because she was from a very poor family. In spite of her history, Ana has persevered. She is now married with 10 children (11-25). All have a 6th grade education. Ana has three businesses. She raises poultry, manages her convenience store and is a well known midwife. She is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy more chickens and to restock the shelves of her convenience store.

Ana is the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Sector 9". There are six other Maya “Kiche” ladies in the Trust Bank who live in the department/state of Quiche. They sell shoes, raise poultry, and weave and embroider traditional textiles. Ana calls their monthly meetings to order. The women make loan payments and participate in educational trainings (business, health, family, women). Every other month, a visiting nurse offers them basic exams and blood pressure checks, PAP smears and access to family planning. Friendship Bridge calls the effective combination of loans, education and health care “Microcredit Plus”.

Thank you, Kiva lenders, for believing in Ana and her friends. Your loan support is greatly appreciated!