Total loan: $4,400

Villas De Tzujil Group

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San Pedro Jocopilas, El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

Villas De Tzujil 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 chickens, feed, and material (wire, nails, wood) to construct new pens.

Villas De Tzujil Group's story

Ebelia never gives up! She is a 45-year-old married mother of 5 children who range in age from 5-19 years. She shares the following:

“I went to school for 3 years. I want my children to have a high school education even though the closest school is one hour away on a dangerous road. That’s the reason that two of my children only attended through the 4th grade. Currently, the younger ones are in school and I want them to continue.”

This is why Ebelia opened her animal husbandry business raising chickens and turkeys. In addition, she opened a tortilla shop in Guatemala City. Ebelia is requesting her 3rd Kiva loan to invest in the purchase of more chickens, feed, and material (wire, nails, wood) to build additional pens.

Ebelia and 7 other women gather monthly in their Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, “Villas de Tzujil”. They participate in the Microcredit Plus program of Friendship Bridge that includes loans, education, and health care. A facilitator shares useful information with them drawn from the areas of business, health, family, and women. As they have little or no formal education, the facilitator uses pictures, games, role-playing and diagrams to share the information.

Every 2 months, the ladies of Villas De Tzujil have access to basic health care services delivered by a visiting nurse. This is essential for these women as the health care system in Guatemala is chronically underfunded and always stressed. (The baby in the photograph is shown with the authorization of the borrower).

Thank you, Kiva investors!