Total loan: $3,875

Princesas Del Pinal Group

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San Juan Cotzal, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Health

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A loan helped to buy inventory for her pharmacy, as well as boxes of chicken to sell by the pound.

Princesas Del Pinal Group's story

It is reassuring to know that there is a pharmacy nearby whenever the need arises. Ana is a 32-year-old married mother of three children between the ages of 5 and 12. She understands this need since she is the owner of a small pharmacy in the State of Quiche. Her oldest son works at the pharmacy in the mornings and she is there in the afternoons. Ana also sells products from catalogs, chicken by the pound, and delicious fried chicken and potatoes from her food cart. Some of her income is earmarked for the education of her children. Ana is requesting her third Kiva loan to buy inventory for the pharmacy, as well as boxes of chicken that she will sell by the pound.

Along with six other Maya Ixil women, Ana is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Princesas del Pinal”. Most of these women only have a partial primary school education. Ana only completed one year of school. These women understand the tremendous value of a good education, so they work hard so that their children can attend school. They also participate in monthly educational seminars, which are part of the “Microcredit Plus” program that includes loans and health care services. These seminars cover topics such as health, nutrition, hygiene, the use of medicinal plants, and effective business management practices. A visiting nurse offers basic health care services on a bi-monthly basis.

Note: The child in the photo belongs to one of the borrowers who is authorized to appear in the photo.