Total loan: $2,625

Milpa Cruz Chut Group

Chicaman, El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy several boxes of bananas to sell.

Milpa Cruz Chut Group's story

Indigenous women farmers in rural Guatemala face many challenges, including gender inequality, insect infestation, and climate change. Catarina and her husband work hard on their small parcel of land to grow cardamom and coffee. She is 33 years old and married with eight children ranging from seven months to 18 years. Catarina also works selling bananas. She was only able to study for two years, but she wants her children to be able to complete at least six years of formal education.

The eight Mayan women pictured here speak the Poqomchi and Q'eqchi languages and live in the state of Quiché. They are members of the Communal Bank of Puente de Amistad loan group “Milpa Cruz Chut.” Most of the group members farm cardamom, coffee and bananas. Thanks to their monthly trainings, these women learn a lot about effective business practices and practical topics such as health, hygiene, nutrition and the use of medicinal plants. Puente de Amistad has an advanced program combining agricultural loan credit and training tp increase production and generate higher yields. Every two months, “Milpa Cruz Chut" members have access to basic health services. This effective combination of loans, education and health care is known as Microcredit Plus.

Catarina is requesting a loan to buy several boxes of bananas to sell. This will be her third Kiva loan. In the future, she hopes to change her business and sell bananas both wholesale and retail. Thank you, Kiva lenders, for the vital role you play in the lives of these women!