Total loan: $5,200

Mi Comunidad Group

San Cristobal Totonicapan , Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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

A loan helped to buy more pigs and chickens to raise and sell as a new business.

Mi Comunidad Group's story

Maya K'iche' women, like 30-year-old Maria, have very few opportunities growing up. Due to her parents' low income, Maria had no formal education and had to work to generate income for household expenses. As a married mother of four children (18 months to 12 years), she understands the importance of providing a good education for their futures.

For the past 12 years, she has had a profitable skirt-making business, but with the COVID19 government restrictions, she has been unable to sell her skirts. However, Maria is starting a new business raising pigs and chickens because they are needed in her community. She has many orders and thus is requesting a second Kiva loan to buy more pigs and chickens.

Maria is the Treasurer of her Friendship Bridge Trust Bank "Mi Comunidad", located in the Department of Totonicapán. She and 10 other members, most without a formal education, attend monthly meetings (now held via cell phone or WhatsApp) where they learn about good business management skills, health practices (washing hands, cleaning surfaces, wearing masks), women's empowerment, and family issues.

Maria shares, "The issues about the good investment of the loans are important in this time of crisis!" The others, who have businesses selling vegetables, small farms (chicken and pigs), and clothing manufacturing, agree that the Friendship Bridge "Microcredit Plus" program provides them with all their essential needs, including healthcare services. Thank you Kiva investors!!!