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Total loan: $5,875

Sector La Bendicion Group

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Olintepeque, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy seeds and fertilizer, and to pay the rent on other plots of land.


Sector La Bendicion Group's story

Underserved female farmers in Guatemala have unique challenges exacerbated by climate change and gender inequality. Antonia, the 52-year-old married mother of eight children (9-35), understands this because she farms squash and basic grains in a rural area in the department/state of Quetzaltenango. Antonia is proud that she was able to send her children to school. The five older ones completed 6th grade while the younger ones are still in school. Antonia is requesting her third Kiva loan to buy seeds and fertilizer, and to pay the rent on other plots of land so she can plant more vegetables. She is determined that her children be educated and have their own businesses one day.

Antonia, along with 10 other ladies, is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Sector La Bendicion.” They raise animals, cultivate vegetables, and have tortilla shops. Because they have little or no formal education, these women learn a great deal in their monthly educational sessions about how to manage their businesses and improve their quality of life. Topics are relevant to their lives and concern family matters, women’s issues, health, and business management practices. With the “Health for Life” program, these ladies receive bi-monthly visits from a nurse who offers basic health services, birth control implants, and other exams/services. This effective combination of loans, education, and health care is called “Microcredit Plus.”

The ladies send their gratitude to Kiva lenders!