Total loan: $4,400

Bendicion Barrio De La Paz Group

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Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala / Agriculture

Bendicion Barrio De La Paz Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy pigs.

Bendicion Barrio De La Paz Group's story

Many of the 32,000 women who participate in Puente de Amistad's loan program, educational talks and health care services purchase farm animals (chickens, pigs, calves) which are then butchered to sell the meat.

Sixty-year-old Maximiliana has been in this business for 30 years; she learned it with her family and then opened her own business. She sells the meat only by order from her home. These earnings have allowed Maxilmiliana to support her husband with basic household expenses, including the education of her six children.

She is a grandmother of 25 and a great-grandmother of 11, and she wants them to have a better future than she did.

Maximiliana requests a second Kiva loan to buy pigs.

Maximiliana is the treasurer of the Puente de Amistad Community Bank "Bendicion Barrio la Paz." She and six other women in the group are Mayan K'iche and live in a rural area of ​​the department/state of Quetzaltenango. They raise animals (cows, chickens, pigs), sell seasonal fruit, and have corn tortilla shops. Since they have little or no formal education, the monthly educational talks benefit them. Topics range from health, hygiene, and nutrition to effective business management practices and how to prioritize expenses. Every two months, the women also receive basic health services.

Thank you, Kiva lenders, for meeting Maximiliana and her friends and for financing these loans that open doors to a better future!