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Total loan: $3,300

Los Cipresales Group

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San Francisco La Union, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

Los Cipresales Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy more pigs and sheep to fatten up and sell.

Los Cipresales Group's story

Language, culture and location make it difficult for indigenous women like 40 year old Santos to learn about and access family planning methods. She is a 40 year old married mother of 7 children (3-23). She has a 1st grade education. Santos understands the tremendous value of education and made sure that her older children studied until the 6th grade. The younger ones are still in school. Santos sells pigs, sheep and cattle from her home and also travels to a nearby market 3 times weekly. With her 2nd Kiva loan, she can buy more sheep and pigs.

Santos is one of 7 Maya K’iche ladies who participate in the Friendship Bridge“Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. All of the women have animal husbandry businesses. They live in the department/state of Quetzaltenango. They look forward to their monthly meetings when they offer each other support, share stores, make loan payments and participate in educational training delivered by a Facilitator. Topics are drawn from 4 areas: business, health, family, women. Every two months, the ladies participate in the “Health for Life” program when a trusted nurse, fluent in their language, offers basic health care consults, services and exams. There is one-on-one home contraception counseling and follow up care, especially important to women like Santos.

All the ladies so appreciate the kindness and generosity of Kiva investors from all parts of the world who learn about them and fund their loans.

Thank you!