Total loan: $4,025

Centro Calel Group

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San Carlos Sija, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy piglets, food to feed them, and construction material to remodel three pens.

Centro Calel Group's story

The growth and transformation of poultry farms in rural areas of Guatemala offer opportunities for the economic development of the population. This type of business is managed by Maria, a 54-year-old woman, married, and mother of eight children aged 16 to 27 years. Maria's last child continues studying, while the rest complete six years of formal education. Now she continues to generate income through her small poultry and pig farm. To increase the number of pups and remodel the pens, Maria is applying for her first Kiva loan. With the capital, she plans to buy piglets, food to feed them, and construction material to remodel three pens.

“Centro Calel” is the name of the communal bank made up of María and the other eight K’iche women. They live in a rural area of ​​the department / state of Quetzaltenango. These women run various businesses including poultry sales, convenience stores, and textile workshops. They will also participate in monthly educational trainings, which are part of the "Microcredit Plus" program for small loans, non-formal education, and medical care. Women will learn through games, pictures, and diagrams. A facilitator will share with them main topics about business, health, family, and women.

Maria and the rest of her classmates express their gratitude to Kiva's lenders for access to these loans.