Total loan: $4,450

Rosas De Pajales Group

Cunen, El Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy pigs, goats, and food to feed the animals.

Rosas De Pajales Group's story

Women in the rural area of ​​the Department / State of Quiché have found an opportunity to generate income in the agricultural and textile businesses without having to neglect their homes. María, 37 years old, is one of these women. She is a secretary of the Communal Bank of Puente de Amistad “Rosas de Pajales."

María is separated from her husband and is the mother of 6 children (4 to 17). In the business of raising animals (pigs and goats), she has found comprehensive development, income generation, and the ability to provide what is necessary for her children. Maria studied 5 years at school and sees the importance of education for her children. She needs to increase the number of animals in her pens. With her first KIVA loan, Maria will be able to buy pigs, goats, and food to feed the animals.

The 9 Mayan K’iche women belong to this communal bank and have small animal farms (chickens, turkeys, pigs, and goats) and sell textiles. Since Maria and the other women have little education, monthly training is very important to them. A facilitator shares relevant information using pictures, drawings, and games. They learn to effectively manage their businesses and take care of themselves and their families. Every two months, they have access to basic health services. Puente de Amistad calls the combination of loans, educational training, and health "Microcredit Plus."

Thanks to financing from KIVA lenders, Mayan women have the opportunity for a better future.