Total loan: $3,800

Las Llovisnas Group

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Santa Lucia Utatlan, Solola, Guatemala / Agriculture

Las Llovisnas Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped called Gabriela to invest in buying 50 chickens.

Las Llovisnas Group's story

Gabriela is a married mother of 52 years of age with five children over 18 years. She is president of the Community Bank of Friendship Bridge "Las Llovisnas". Having a large family and with her husband earning a low salary, Gabriela decided to open a business.

For 14 years she has been raising and selling broilers. Thanks to the income, Gabriela has been able to help her husband with the education expenses of her children. She is an ambitious woman, who wants to diversify the business and raise laying hens. To achieve this goal, Gabriela requests her fourth Kiva loan to buy 50 chickens. This will allow her to obtain eggs and sell them by the box.

There are seven women in the group, and they all speak Maya K’iche ’. They live in the rural area of ​​the department (state) of Sololá. The women are proud of their businesses, which include textiles sales, handicrafts, raising chickens and selling firewood. Gabriela and her classmates have attended some grades of primary school.

To reinforce women's knowledge, a Friendship Bridge facilitator conducts monthly educational training using images, diagrams and games. They can apply what they learn about business practices, health, hygiene, nutrition and other relevant issues immediately. The combination of loans, education and health is called "Microcredit Plus". (The child in the picture is the son of one of the borrowers).

The women share, "We hope to receive this loan to invest in our businesses." Thank you, Kiva lenders!