Total loan: $5,675

La Torre Group

USPANTAN, QUICHE, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy more chickens to fatten up and sell.

La Torre Group's story

Catarina is a member of the "La Torre" Group. She is a 33-year-old married mother of four children aged 5-13. Catarina raises chickens and pigs, then sells the meat to local stores who sell it to numerous customers. The Coronavirus has shattered all commercial ventures, including the market in her town, so Catarina now sells to her neighbors. Some of her income is earmarked for the education of her children. She works hard, looking for strategies to help sustain her family during these challenging times. Catarina is requesting her 3rd loan through Kiva to buy more chickens to fatten and sell.

Catarina is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank group called “La Torre" or “The Tower” in the state of Quiche, Guatemala. There are eight other women in the group. Some members sell traditional textiles, personal care products, and tortillas while others raise poultry and cattle. Since they have little or no formal education, the group appreciates their monthly educational training sessions. In these sessions, a facilitator shares information with them about aspects of health, family, women, and business. The women are currently unable to meet, so the facilitator communicates with them by cell phone. The facilitator emphasizes the importance of handwashing, sanitation, and wearing masks. Catarina shares that she really learned a lot about the dangers of indebtedness. The combination of loans, education, and health care services is called “Microcredit Plus”.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for your much appreciated generosity during this most challenging time.