Total loan: $5,175

Xecorral Group

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Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy some sheep and a cow.

Xecorral Group's story

Despite a high level of unemployment, the Guatemalan population has found its own space for jobs. The history of 29-year old Isabel is the example of a woman who learned from when she was a girl to care for and sell animals. 8 years ago, she started up her own business, and now she buys and resells pigs, sheep, and cows. She lives with her husband and is the mother of three children, 5 months and older. To continue expanding the business, Isabel is asking for her second Kiva loan to buy some sheep and a cow.

Isabel is a Maya K’iche woman and one of the 7 members of the Friendship Bridge loan group 'Xecorral'. All of them live in the department/state of Totonicapán. They learn to budget and plan through the monthly trainings that an instructor from the institution teaches. Due to the majority of them having little or no formal education, these trainings are essential. They also receive information about their rights and empowerment. Friendship Bridge calls this effective combination of non-formal education, health service, and small loans, 'Microcrédito Plus'.

Isabel and the rest of her team members apply what they learn to their businesses of convenience stores and raising and selling animals (chickens, pigs, cows). These women look for a brighter road ahead thanks to the support of the Kiva lenders.