Total loan: $3,525

Las Cruces Group

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Comitancillo, San Marcos, San Marcos Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy feed and vaccinations for her pigs and cows.

Las Cruces Group's story

Sara is a 33-year-old married mother of four children who range in age from 18 mos. to 13 years of age. Because her mother died when she was very young and her father had no funds to send her to school, Sara has no formal education. Her husband is a farmer who went to high school and is currently looking for a way to become a policeman. Sara has raised pigs and cows for seven years. She sells their babies, as well as dairy products in the local market. She is requesting a Kiva loan to buy feed and vaccinations for her herd.

Ten industrious Maya Mam women, including Sara, have formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Cruces” in the department/state of San Marcos. They raise animals (chickens, pigs, cows) and have convenience stores. Because they have little or no formal education, they benefit greatly from the Friendship Bridge “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. They can apply the information that they learn from these sessions immediately to their lives, to their families and to their businesses. A Facilitator designs the training sessions and uses pictures, diagrams, role playing and games to share the information. Often they share what they learn with family and friends.

It would be impossible for Sara and her friends to walk into a bank to secure a loan. Thank you, Kiva lenders, for your generosity!