Total loan: $2,650

Santa Ana Group

San Pedro Yepocapa, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy coffee plants.

Santa Ana Group's story

Being a woman farmer in an underdeveloped country like Guatemala brings daily challenges due to gender inequality and climate change. Heydi is 25 years old and is married without children. Her husband works in a chocolate factory. For eight years, Heydi has been growing coffee and she has her own piece of land. She faces obstacles but nevertheless, she perseveres growing coffee. Heydi only sells her coffee when someone orders it.

Heydi is requesting a loan to buy coffee plants. This will be her third loan. Heydi is the president of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank loan group “Santa Ana” in the department/state of Chimaltenango. There are six other ladies in her group who sell new clothing, tomatoes, jewelry and are farmers. Most of the women in Heydi's group participate in the Friendship Bridge “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Many have little or no formal education. Heydi attended school for seven years. They learn a great deal in their monthly educational trainings to help them move ahead in their everyday lives. Topics like effective business practices (planning, budgeting, investing) and health, hygiene and nutrition are essential to their success. The ladies also learn about self esteem and women’s rights. Heydi shares that she appreciates learning about how to avoid too much debt and how to fairly price her coffee. Every two months, the women have access to basic health services.

Heydi and her friends send their gratitude to Kiva investors for funding their much appreciated loans!