Total loan: $2,900

Mujeres Caridad Group

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Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy fertilizer, insecticide, and a fumigation pump.

Mujeres Caridad Group's story

Female indigenous farmers in rural areas in Guatemala face many challenges, including gender inequality, insect infestation, and climate change. Marta, a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Caridad,” works hard on her small plot of land growing beans and corn.

Marta is 28 years old and married, and she has five children (18 months-12 years). Her husband works in the sugar fields cutting sugar cane, and his income is not sufficient to maintain the large family. Marta uses part of her income to support the educational needs of her older children.

She now needs to prepare the soil for spring planting and is requesting her second Kiva loan. Marta would like to buy fertilizer, insecticide, and a pump for insecticide application.

There are nine Maya Kaqchikel ladies in the Trust Bank located in the department/state of Chimaltenango. Most of them are farmers. After making loan payments in their monthly meetings, the women learn a great deal about effective business practices and practical topics such as health, hygiene, nutrition, and the use of medicinal plants.

Friendship Bridge has an advanced “Agricultural Credit and Training" program, featuring in-the-field trainings to increase production and generate higher yields. Every other month, the ladies have access to basic health care services. This effective combination of loans, education, and health care is called “Microcredit Plus.” (The children in the photograph are children of one of the members of the group).

Thank you, Kiva investors!