Total loan: $2,650

Las Mariitas Group

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San Bernardino, Suchitepéquez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Agriculture

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

A loan helped to buy pigs and feed to fatten them.

Las Mariitas Group's story

Agricultural production has been very profitable for many Mayan families since they are the main products in the country's food diet. However, due to drought problems, farmers are looking for additional businesses to generate other income.

This is the case of Florinda, a 50-year-old married woman, who is an agricultural worker. Parallel to this business, she also raises animals. Thanks to the income generated by these businesses, she supports her husband with the expenses of their four children (ages 20 to 32).

To continue investing in the business, Florinda is requesting her second Kiva loan to buy pigs and feed to fatten them. With this financing, without a doubt, she will be able to have quality pigs in the future to sell the meat.

Because most of the women of the Puente de Amistad “Las Mariitas” Community Bank grew up in poor families, the women have little education. They live in the Department/State of Suchitepéquez. Florinda, the president of the group, feels fortunate to have received a diploma as a psychologist. The monthly trainings given by a Friendship Bridge facilitator are useful for empowering themselves in business and family. These women invest wisely in agriculture businesses, aluminum comal shops, corn tortilla shops, and animal farms. They also benefit from receiving basic health services. Small loans, training, and health are the “Plus” that Friendship Bridge offers to women who want to minimize poverty in their homes.

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