Total loan: $5,400

Mujeres Belejutecas Group

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Chicaman, El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

Mujeres Belejutecas Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy more chicks and construct new pens for them.

Mujeres Belejutecas Group's story

In rural Guatemala, the day begins early for women who have poultry businesses. They clean the water and food containers for the chicks, sweep floors and then return to the kitchen to prepare breakfast for their families.

Catarina, a 31-year-old mother of three children, lost her husband five months ago, leaving her with the sole responsibility of raising her children (6-10). She works hard and saves income for food, clothing and educational expenses.

Catarina is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy baby chicks and construct new pens for them. She envisions earning more income from the business to cover the expenses of her family.

The child in the photo is the son of one of the clients.

Catarina appreciates the support of the eight ladies in her Trust Bank “Mujeres Belejutecas” in the department/state of Quiche. These ladies have animal husbandry businesses, vegetable farms and sell basic grains. They meet monthly to make loan payments and to participate in educational training sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Topics are essential to their development and are drawn from four areas: business, health, family, and women. Every other month, they have access to basic health care services. This is especially important since the health care system in Guatemala is substandard and often nonexistent. A visiting nurse offers breast, blood pressure and blood sugar exams, and PAP smears.

Thank you, Kiva lenders!