Total loan: $4,125

Mujeres Trabajadoras Panahual Group

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Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy more chickens, turkeys and pigs, along with feed for them.

Mujeres Trabajadoras Panahual Group's story

Animal husbandry has been a viable way for the rural population in Guatemala to create income for hundreds of years.

Juana, a 32 year old married mother of four young children, raises chickens, turkeys, and pigs. She has two years of formal education and understands its tremendous value, as she was only able to attend school for two years. Part of her income from the business is earmarked toward the educational costs of sending her two older children to kindergarten.

She is currently requesting her 4th loan to buy more poultry and pigs, as well as feed for them.

Juana is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Trabajadoras Panahual” located in the high mountains in the department/state of Totonicapan. More than ½ of the 9 Maya K'iche' ladies in the group raise animals while 10% have convenience stores and 10% sell firewood. They meet monthly to make loan payments and participate in educational sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Topics are relevant to their lives and based on an aspect of four areas: business, health, family, women. Every other month, they have access to basic health care services. The combination of loans, education and health care services is called “Microcredit Plus”. (The child in the picture is the son of one of the borrowers).