Total loan: $5,400

Activas De Pacayal Group

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Chicacao, Suchitepéquez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy fertilizer and silos to store her grains.

Activas De Pacayal Group's story

Female farmers in the highlands of Guatemala are tough, resilient, and determined because they have to deal with many variables. Drought, plant disease, and insect infestation are just three of the variables that affect their crops. Magdalena, a 49-year-old farmer in the department/state of Suchitepequez, is proud of her small farm where she grows corn. She is married with 10 children (7-28). The six older ones have a 6th grade education, while the younger ones are still in school. Her husband, who is a day laborer working on another farm, helps with the household expenses. Magdalena is requesting her second Kiva loan to buy fertilizer and some silos to safely store her harvest.

Magdalena has a 2nd grade education and continues to learn in the monthly educational sessions of her Friendship Bridge Trust Bank called “Activas de Pacayal.” There are nine other ladies in the group who also have little or no formal education. They appreciate learning about effective business management practices, health, hygiene, and nutrition. The women participate in the “Health for Life” program when basic health services are brought to their community through mobile clinics, staffed by highly trained nurses. Friendship Bridge calls this useful combination of loans, education, and health care “Microcredit Plus.”

Magdalena and her friends are poised to step into a brighter future thanks to the support of Kiva lenders partnering with Friendship Bridge. Thank you to each of you!