Total loan: $4,225

Mujeres De Balanya Group

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Santa Cruz Balanyá, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy seeds and organic fertilizer.

Mujeres De Balanya Group's story

Friendship Bridge, with its “Microcredit Plus” program for loans, education, and health care, has a special “plus” program for women who are farmers: the “Agriculture Credit and Training Program.”

These farmers have access to technical training and special credit products that meet their unique needs. By learning new methods, they will have a chance to improve their crops, access new markets, and get higher prices.

Mariana, a 54-year-old farmer and mother of 4 children between ages 14-40, has worked with her husband for 30 years. Their income has enabled them to send their 3 older children to school through the 9th grade. Their youngest daughter lives at home and is in the 8th grade.

Mariana and her husband deliver peas to grateful customers each week. They also grow beans, maize, and corn. Currently, customers are already placing orders, and the soil needs preparing. Mariana is therefore requesting her 4th Kiva loan to buy seeds and organic fertilizer.

The 7 Maya Kaqchikel women in the Trust Bank “Mujeres de Balanya” invest their Kiva loans into small farms and textile businesses. Their monthly educational training sessions greatly benefit them because they have little or no formal education. Topics are relevant to their lives and drawn from 4 areas: business, health, women, and family. Every 2 months, they have access to basic health care services.

Mariana and her friends are so pleased to participate in this program and send their gratitude to Kiva investors from all parts of the world. Thank you!