Total loan: $4,075

Tikal Group

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Chichicastenango, Departamento El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy fertilizer for her fruit trees.

Tikal Group's story

Maria is a 37-year-old married mother of two daughters who are now 15 and 17 years of age. She has an orchard with apple, avocado, peach, and plum trees. Her husband and five employees help her care for them. She sells her high-quality fruit at a huge market in the town of Chichicastenango. Maria also raises pigs and chickens. To enrich the soil and increase production, Maria is requesting her 10th Kiva loan to buy fertilizer.

Maria participates in the “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge that combines loans with educational training sessions and basic health care services. Her Trust Bank, formed with 7 other Maya K'iche' women, has honored their heritage by naming their Trust Bank “Tikal”. (“Tikal'' is the name of the Guatemalan UNESCO World Heritage site that was settled by the Maya around 900 B.C. and was a very important commercial, ceremonial, and cultural center.) The other women in the group are farmers and have traditional textile businesses. Their educational sessions are vital to their success and focus on four areas: health, family, women’s issues, and business. Every other month, the women have access to basic health care services that are provided by a visiting nurse who speaks the Maya K’iche’ language.

Maria and her friends are determined to move ahead, educate their children, and empower themselves. Thank you, Kiva lenders, for the vital role that you play in their lives!