Total loan: $5,225

Mujeres En Desarrollo Group

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Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Arts

Mujeres En Desarrollo Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy avocados along with a variety of high quality threads.

Mujeres En Desarrollo Group's story

Women from all parts of the world share the same desires for their children. They want their children to have a comfortable home, a good education and a bright future. (The child in the photo is the son of a group member). The 32,000 underserved Maya ladies, who participate in the Friendship Bridge “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services, often have 2 or 3 businesses to provide for the basic needs of their children.

Anastasia, a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres en Desarrollo”, has 3 businesses in the department/state of Quiche. She organizes her days to care for her animals, weave traditional colorful blouses, and sell fruits and vegetables. With her income, 42-year-old Anastasia helps her husband raise their two children. She is requesting her 2nd Kiva loan to buy avocados at the wholesale level along with a variety of high quality threads.

The 7 ladies in the Trust Bank benefit from monthly educational trainings and bimonthly health care services. Since they often have little or no formal education, a facilitator shares information using role playing, games, pictures and diagrams. Topics range from health, family matters and women’s issues to effective business management practices. Since good health is an essential characteristic of a successful entrepreneur, the women have access to bi-monthly health exams that include pelvic and breast exams, and blood pressure screenings and PAP smears.

Thank you, Kiva investors!