Total loan: $5,275

Flor De San Jose Yalu Group

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Sacatepéquez, Sacatepéquez Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy fertilizer and insecticide for her family farm.

Flor De San Jose Yalu Group's story

Female farmers living in Guatemala face challenges of climate change including extreme drought, as well as gender inequality. Other microfinance organizations often avoid making loans to farmers since it is a high risk. Friendship Bridge, with its “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, health care and other “plus” services, has been essential to the success of 27 year old Maria. Together with her husband, the couple grows tomatoes, squash and peas. They harvest every 3 months and sell at the wholesale level. It is crucial that their produce be excellent quality. Maria is requesting her 2nd Kiva loan to buy fertilizer and insecticide for the farm.

Education is also crucial to the success of Maria. Some of the family income goes toward the education of 2 of their 3 school age children. Maria also continues to learn about relevant topics like nutrition, hygiene, women’s rights/roles, as well as effective business management practices in her monthly Friendship Bridge Trust meetings. She, along with 9 other ladies, is a member of the group “Flor de San Jose Yalu”, located in the department/state of Sacatepequez. Since good health is the foundation for a successful business and life, the ladies receive bi-monthly visits from a nurse. She offers preventative exams like hypertension and screenings, family planning consults and pelvic exams.

Kiva, partnering with Friendship Bridge, is a huge help to Maria and her friends. Thank you, Kiva investors!