Total loan: $2,350

El Emanuel Group

Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy more chickens to fatten up and resell.

El Emanuel Group's story

Raising poultry is a way for underserved ladies in Guatemala to stay at home, earn an income, and raise their children simultaneously. Elvira, a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “El Emanuel” in the department/state of Quiche, has raised chickens for several years. She is 25 years old and lives with her husband, as well as three children (6-11) in an adobe home with a sheet metal roof. The income from her poultry business helps cover household expenses including the education of the children. She shares, “I have some orders and my 1st KIVA loan will help me buy more chickens. I am sure that my business will grow more.”

There are seven Maya K”iche ladies in the Trust Bank who sell new/used clothing, prepared traditional foods, have “tortillerias” or small tortilla shops, and sell live chickens. They wear their colorful traditional “traje” or outfits every day. At their monthly meetings, they make loan payments and participate in educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. They acquire basic business tools (planning, investing, savings, dangers of over-indebtedness) and also learn about family (health, nutrition, hygiene, use of medicinal plants) and how to empower themselves (self esteem, women’s rights/roles). Every other month, they have access to basic health care services. (The child in the photo is the son of Elvira.)

Thank you, Kiva investors, for the vital role you play in the life of Elvira.