Total loan: $4,425

La Rinconada Group

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Chiche, El Quiche, Guatemala , Quiché Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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La Rinconada Group's story

Guatemala has the 4th highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world. Almost 50 percent of children under five are stunted, and in 65 percent of the population is chronically malnourished. Tomasa, a 62-year-old married mother of eight children (21+), understands that chicken and pork are important sources of protein. She wanted to be sure that her children grew up with good nutrition and that is why she started her animal husbandry business.

She lives in the department / state of Quiche. Tomasa shares, “I began with a small poultry business and then, thanks to my Kiva loans, I could afford to expand my business. That is when I started raising pigs. " Tomasa is proud that she has been able to help her husband with household expenses.

She is requesting her sixth Kiva loan to buy cement blocks, metal sheeting, wood, cement and wire to construct new pens. Thank you, Kiva investors!

Tomasa, along with 6 other women, participates in the “Microcredit Plus” program. The ladies formed the Trust Bank "La Rinconada." They have tortilla shops, sell fruit, fabricate traditional textiles and raise animals. Tomasa shares, "We are really aware of the tremendous importance of learning about business, health, and about how to care for our families best." The women are learning about how to navigate through this challenging time of the pandemic (masks, social distance, washing hands).

The children in the photo are the children of the clients.