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Total loan: $2,900

Mujeres Trabajadoras Huitan Group

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Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy chicks and poultry feed.


Mujeres Trabajadoras Huitan Group's story

Animal husbandry is a popular business for rural Guatemalan women. Elsa is a 27-year-old married mother of two children, ages 10 and 12. She has been raising poultry for more than 10 years. When it is time to feed the roosters and hens, one of Elsa’s children always comes with her. She says that she is pleased to teach her children how to carefully and sensitively care for the chickens. The income from her sales has allowed her to pay her electric and water bills, and also buy basic items for her kitchen. Now that the holidays are approaching, Elsa is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy chicks of various ages and poultry feed.

Elsa and six other women make up the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Trabajadoras Huitan” in the State of Quetzaltenango. She serves as the president and calls the monthly meetings to order. The women in the group make their loan payments and participate in educational sessions led by a facilitator. These sessions can include games, role playing, pictures, and diagrams to share information about business, health, women’s issues, and family. Through a partnership with the Maya Health Alliance, the women have access every two months to basic health services, such as breast exams, pap smears, and hypertension screenings. “Microcredit Plus” is the name given to this effective combination of loans, education, and health care services.

Thank you Kiva lenders for helping Friendship Bridge further its mission of empowering women and eliminating poverty!