Total loan: $3,875

El Calvario Group

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Santa Lucia La Reforma, Totonicapan, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy a stove with a grill, gas, firewood and corn for her new business.

El Calvario Group's story

Small family farms, where chickens, goats, sheep and cattle are raised, provide a way for numerous rural families in rural Guatemala to earn income. The majority of children who are raised helping in these families do the same as adults. Elena is one of these people. She is a 32-year-old married mother of three children (8-12) who are all enrolled in school.

She began her animal husbandry business two years ago and has been saving money to open a tortilla shop. She needs capital to do this and is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy a stove with a grill, gas, firewood and corn.

Elena has joined eight other enthusiastic ladies to participate in the Friendship Bridge “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and health care. Their Trust Bank is called “El Calvario” or “The Way of the Cross”, and it is located in a rural area in the department/state of Totonicapán. Because these women have little or no formal education, they benefit greatly from their monthly educational training sessions that are drawn from four areas: health, women, family, business. A facilitator uses role playing, games, pictures and diagrams to share the information. Every two months, they receive a visit from a traveling nurse, who offers all kinds of exams, consults and services.

Kiva lenders partnering with Friendship Bridge are helping women like Elena and her friends step into a brighter future. Thank you!