Total loan: $4,200

Fe Y Vida Group

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San Miguel Pochuta, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to purchase ingredients to prepare more atole (beverages), as well as chocolate and some pigs.

Fe Y Vida Group's story

Ujuxte or Nuez de Ramon is a native cultivation of the Mayans. This product is an effective coffee substitute. It is flour used to make gruel, bread, cookies, and pancakes. Its consumption helps prevent anemia and osteoporosis. In the coastal area of Chimaltenango, the population consumes it as well as chocolate.

Odilia, 52, knows that these products are sources of income, which is why she makes and sells them. To generate more income, she also raises pigs and sells clothes. She lives with her husband and six children, all over 21 years of age. Odilia attended school for a grade, while her children had the opportunity to finish high school.

She requests her first Kiva loan, which she will invest in the purchase of ingredients to prepare more atole (beverages), as well as chocolate and some pigs.

Ten women are determined to get by despite the difficult circumstances that are currently experienced. All of them make up the Community Bank of Friendship Bridge "Fe y Vida" and have businesses that range from the sale of fruits to the production of ujuxte flour and artisan chocolate. They also benefit from educational trainings at their monthly meetings. A facilitator uses games and pictures to share useful information about family, health, and business. Every two months they have access to health care services, another "Plus" service that is part of the "Microcredit Plus" program (loans, education, health).

The women thank Kiva lenders for financing these loans!