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Total loan: $3,325

Mujeres De Palestina Group

San Francisco Zapotitlán, Suchitepéquez, , Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy more chickens as well as ingredients to open a new business selling prepared food.


Mujeres De Palestina Group's story

Vilma is one the 30,000 clients of Friendship Bridge who has an animal husbandry business. She is 57 years old, married, and the president of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, “Mujeres de Palestina,” in the department/state of Suchitepequez.

Vilma raises chickens and sells the meat in her local market. Part of her income has gone toward the education of her six children who are now over the age of 18. She shares that, as time has passed, her business has grown considerably. After careful planning, Vilma wants to buy more chickens as well as ingredients to open a new business selling prepared food. With the first loan from Kiva, Vilma can achieve this goal.

Vilma calls the monthly Trust Bank meetings to order and the ladies make their loan payments. Then, they participate in educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Topics are relevant to their lives and cover an aspect of four subjects: business, health, family, and women. Every two months, the women have access to basic health care services provided by a visiting nurse. They can keep track of blood pressure, Pap tests and family planning.

These women are poised to step into a brighter future because of their own determination and hard work along with the generosity of Kiva investors partnering with Friendship Bridge. Thank you, Kiva investors!