Total loan: $4,275

La Amistad San Lorenzo Group

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Malacatan, San Marcos Sacatepéquez, San Marcos Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

La Amistad San Lorenzo Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy one cow to fatten and later sell.

La Amistad San Lorenzo Group's story

Emilsa, age 47, is an intelligent and determined woman who lives in a rural area in the department [state] of San Marcos in Guatemala. She has a small farm where she raises cows, pigs, and chickens. With limited funds, she was able to attend school for one year. She is the mother of five children (ages 14 to 26). She was widowed two years ago, leaving her with sole responsibility for her youngest daughter, age 14. The older children finished primary school and have their own families.

To continue expanding her business, Emilsa requests her first Kiva loan to buy one cow. She states that this business is very profitable; she needs the income to continue covering her daughter's educational expenses.

There are nine women of the Mam ethnic group in the communal bank “La Amistad San Lorenzo” of Puente de Amistad [Friendship Bridge]. They have found an opportunity to develop their businesses raising animals. They sell their products within and outside their community.

These women participate in the Microcrédito Plus program (loans, education, health) and, in their monthly meetings, they learn about administration, health, family, and women's issues. Through its instructors, Puente de Amistad is informing Emilsa and another 32,000 women about the importance of being good administrators, caring for their families, and maintaining health and hygiene measures. They are empowered through the "Microcredit Plus" program of Puente de Amistad (loans, training, health).

Thank you to the Kiva lenders for extending a helping hand to these women!