Total loan: $4,775

Mujeres Unidas De Pacabrican Group

Santa Lucia La Reforma, Totonicapan, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy seeds and insecticide.

Mujeres Unidas De Pacabrican Group's story

Bernardina is a hardworking farmer who grows tomatoes in a rural area of ​​Totonicapán. It was only two years ago that she discovered her passion for agriculture and started her business. She is 37 years old, married, and has five children. Bernardina's business is doing so well she is able to provide a secondary education for four of her children. It is time to start developing her land for the next harvest, so she is requesting a fourth Kiva loan to buy seeds and insecticide.

Nine women, along with Bernardina, are members of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Unidas de Pacabrican”. Because Bernardina had seven years of education, she was elected Secretary of the group which meets monthly to make loan payments and then participate in educational trainings, part of the "Microcredit Plus" program of loans, education and healthcare. A Facilitator, using diagrams, charts, games, and role-playing, provides important sessions in business management, as well as nutrition, hygiene, and natural medicine. The business management sessions help the women with their agricultural (tomatoes, green beans, peas) businesses. Bi-monthly, they receive healthcare exams (PAP, blood pressure, family planning) from a traveling nurse who speaks their native language. (The children in the photograph are children of the members of the communal bank).

Bernardina and her friends are very grateful to Kiva investors for their support in helping to grow their businesses. Thank you!