Total loan: $3,850

Mujeres De Balanya Group

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Santa Cruz Balanyá, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy seeds, organic fertilizer and insecticide.

Mujeres De Balanya Group's story

Numerous challenges face female farmers in Guatemala, including gender inequality and climate change. Nevertheless, these women persevere and play an important role earning income from the produce that they grow on their farms.

Mariana is a 53-year-old, married mother of four children (ages 13-39). Her three oldest children are nurses, and her youngest child is in the 7th grade. Mariana and her husband rent a plot of land and grow beans, squash and peas. To increase their income, Mariana also has laying hens. Mariana’s little farm is popular with her customers, and she shares that she feels fortunate because, in spite of the challenges of the coronavirus, she is selling her produce successfully.

Mariana now needs to prepare the land for planting. She is requesting a Kiva loan to buy seeds, organic fertilizer and insecticide at the wholesale level.

Mariana, along with seven other Maya Kaqchikel ladies, belongs to the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, “Mujeres de Balanya”. They work hard on their small farms, raise animals, sell clothing and/or make tortillas. The Trust Bank meets monthly, and the ladies participate in educational training sessions as part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Topics are timely and drawn from health, family, women, and business areas. Every other month, they have access to a visiting nurse. (The boy in the photo is the son of a borrower).

Thank you Kiva investors for extending a helping hand to Mariana and her friends!