Total loan: $3,375

Gaviotas De Chuisuc Group

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Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy more hens.

Gaviotas De Chuisuc Group's story

Karina is a 35-year-old married mother of an 11-year-old boy, who is in 5th grade. She works diligently at her two businesses raising laying hens and also preparing regional snacks like enchiladas, pupusas, a drink called “ponche” and a corn/banana drink called “atol de platano.” Her husband works at a gas station. Karina is requesting a Kiva loan to buy more hens.

Karina is the president of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Gaviotas de Chuisuc” in the department/state of Quetzaltenango. There are eight Maya K’iche ladies in the group who sell vegetables, fruit, meat, regional snacks and also have convenience stores. Previously, many of them embroidered shawls and pillows but due to the restrictions of the coronavirus, they had to find other ways to create income.

Their monthly meetings give the women an opportunity to support each other and learn about an aspect of four topics: business, women, health, family. A facilitator designs these sessions and uses pictures, diagrams, games and role playing to share the information. Every other month, a visiting nurse attends the session. This useful combination of loans, education and health care is called “Microcredit Plus”. It works!

Thank you, Kiva investors, for your support!