Total loan: $3,825

San Jose Group

San Pedro Jocopilas, El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy animal feed and new clothing designs.

San Jose Group's story

Several studies show that women, like 30 year old Ana, make an important contribution to family farming, especially in small animal farms. For 8 years now, Ana has generated more income and created a better quality of life for her 3 children running her business raising goats, chickens, and turkeys. She is married and her children are 18 months to 10 years old. Ana only had 2 years of formal education and wants to have her children study through secondary school.

She sells her animals twice a week in the local market. Ana has also developed a clothing business. She is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy feed for her animals and new clothing designs. The profits from her businesses will go toward her children's education.

Ana is a member, along with 6 other Maya K'iche' speaking women, of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank "San Jose". They meet monthly to make loan payments and then participate in educational sessions provided in the "Microcredit Plus" program of small loans, education and healthcare. The women learn about business management and acquire skills like budgeting, saving and investing. This helps them develop their businesses of animal husbandry, nixtamal mills, and regional clothing sales. They also benefit from the "Health for Life" program that gives them hygiene and nutrition skills, along with a bi-monthly visit from a traveling nurse who provides many services.

(The child in the picture is the son of a member of the group).

Thank you Kiva!