Total loan: $3,775

Candelaria Group

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San Martin Jilotepeque, Chimatenango, Chimaltenango Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped buy a heifer calf and feed.

Candelaria Group's story

Fidelina is a busy 34-year-old, married mother of two children (8, 10), who has a 6th grade education. Her parents taught her the importance of working hard and managing her money. She has earmarked some of her income from her animal husbandry business to send her children to the 1st and 5th grades. Fidelina has 3 pens, where she raises several cows/bulls and a bull calf. When the cows have a lot of milk, she sells the milk or makes cheese. With a Kiva loan, Fidelina will buy a heifer calf and feed.

Fidelina is the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Candelaria” in the department/state of Chimaltenango. There are 7 other Maya “Kaqchikel” ladies in the group who raise animals and weave/embroider traditional clothing. Because they have little or no formal education like Fidelina, they learn about useful topics in their monthly educational training sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and health care services. The women acquire basic business management tools, like planning, budgeting, investing, and the dangers of over-indebtedness. They also learn about health, hygiene, nutrition, and women’s rights/roles. Every two months, they have access to basic health care services, like blood pressure checks, PAP smears, and more. These are delivered by a visiting nurse, who speaks their Maya language and understands their cultural sensitivities.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for learning about Fidelina and funding these much appreciated loans!