Total loan: $4,325

Flor De Manzana Group

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Concepción Tutuapa, San Marcos, San Marcos Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

Flor De Manzana 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 sheep and chickens.

Flor De Manzana Group's story

Rocelia, 48, has been a widow for 10 years, and she has provided for her 4 children, aged 17, 20, 24, and 27. Although it's been difficult for Rocelia to provide full-time care for her second daughter, who was born with health problems, she managed to provide her other children with a primary education. Her oldest child is already independent and has his own family, while the younger ones all live with Rocelia. Ever since she was very young, she has worked raising livestock. Instead of going to school, she would go to the fields to put the sheep out to pasture. Once she married, she continued with her livestock business.

Rocelia is requesting her first loan with Kiva to expand her corrals. She will buy more sheep and chickens.

Rocelia is the president of her communal bank "Flor de Manzana," working with Friendship Bridge. She and the other 8 women live in a rural area in the department and state of San Marcos. All of the women communicate in their native language of Mam, and with some difficulty, in Spanish.

The women in this group are enterprising people who work very hard in their businesses, which include: grocery store, livestock production, raising chickens, turkeys and cattle. In addition to the loan, these women are receiving training in 4 essential areas: health, family, women, and business. One important theme for Gabriela is to learn strategies to have a prosperous business.

Thanks to the Kiva lenders, the businesses of these women will be able to continue to grow.