Total loan: $5,200

Mujeres De La Fortuna Group

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Rio Bravo, Suchitepéquez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Agriculture

Mujeres De La Fortuna Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy organic fertilizer.

Mujeres De La Fortuna Group's story

Berta is a 30-year-old entrepreneurial woman with 3 businesses. She sells delicious tamales 3 times a week in her neighborhood, then every afternoon she sells snacks. When she is not out selling her foods, she is in her corn field tending to her plants. Berta is married and has a 2-year-old son. She is saving funds to send him to school in the future.

As an enterprising organic farmer, she is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy organic fertilizer for her corn field to increase corn yield and profits.

Berta is President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank group Mujeres de la Fortuna located on the Pacific coast of the Department of Suchitepéquez. There are 12 other members who all speak Maya K'iche' and meet monthly to make loan payments. They also participate in educational training sessions that include relevant topics for their businesses, family lives, and their health. A recent session, provided by a facilitator using photos, diagrams, and role-playing, delved into the importance and responsibility of paying loans on time.

Paying on time makes it possible for them to get another loan for their businesses of selling snacks and tamales, as well as buying seed for their fields. As a bimonthly bonus, the women have the opportunity to have physical exams from a nurse, a service that Guatemala's limited healthcare system does not provide.

Thank you, Kiva investors!

(The children in the photograph are the children of the borrowers)