Total loan: $3,425

Sector San Francisco Group

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San Marcos, San Marcos Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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

A loan helped to buy chickens, turkeys, and a calf.

Sector San Francisco Group's story

María is a 45-year-old woman whose parents taught her how to launch a business irrespective of one's education level. She attended school for 3 years. María is married with 4 children (ages 12 to 22) who are in primary and secondary school. Her husband is a construction worker, and she started her business raising animals (chickens and cattle) 13 years ago. When the animals are grown, María sells them live. Since she has multiple orders, she needs her first Kiva loan in order to buy chickens, turkeys, and a calf.

There are 8 ethnic Mam women in the communal bank of Puente de Amistad "San Francisco", which is located in a rural area of the San Marcos state. María is the secretary of the group, and like the other members, she attended school for the early years. The women have small businesses raising animals (chicken, turkeys, cattle). The income they obtain from these businesses is used to provide their children a complete education and to improve the quality of life for their families.

The women appreciate the monthly training offered as part of the "Microcrédito Plus" program (loans + education + health), through which they get information about health, nutrition, hygiene, using medicinal plants, and budgeting expenses. Through this process, the women gain self-esteem and are more empowered.

Thanks to the Kiva lenders for their role in the comprehensive development of women like María who want to reduce poverty for their families!