Total loan: $5,550

Mujeres De Chiorno Group

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Sacapulas, Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Agriculture

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

A loan helped to buy baby chicks, feed, and building materials for a new chicken coop.

Mujeres De Chiorno Group's story

Maria, a 42 year old married mother of 4 children (ages 7 to 17), raises poultry. She feels empowered because she contributes income to cover household expenses and the educational needs of her children. All of the children attend school.

Every morning, Maria collects eggs from the henhouse to sell. She also sells whole chickens. With the end of the year celebrations and holidays fast approaching, Maria is requesting her first KIVA loan. She will use it to buy baby chicks and feed, as well as metal sheeting, lumber and nails for a new chicken coop!

Maria lives in a rural area in the department/state of Quiche. Along with 8 other women, she is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank group called “Mujeres de Chiorno”. The members have convenience stores, traditional textile businesses, and raise animals.

The group has monthly meetings, where they make loan payments and learn. Learning includes:
effective business management practices like budgeting, investing, and savings, as well as
health, hygiene, women’s rights/roles and self esteem/empowerment.

Also, the Friendship Bridge “Health for Life” program brings nurses to the group every two months to deliver basic health care services, counseling and reassurance. The members are grateful to be able to get screenings, breast exams, and family planning consults.

Thank you, KIVA investors, for learning about these women and for funding their much appreciated loans!