Total loan: $4,025

Mujeres La Estancia Group

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San Marcos, San Marcos Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy tangerines and oranges at the wholesale level.

Mujeres La Estancia Group's story

Josefa is a 42-year-old married mother of seven children ranging in age from 9 to 24. The oldest children have completed the 9th grade. Three children still live at home and attend elementary school. Josefa has no formal education. For eight years she has sold seasonal fruit and has a stand in the local market. With this her first KIVA loan, Josefa will buy oranges and tangerines in bulk.

Josefa is one of nine Maya Mam ladies who live in the department/state of San Marcos. Together they formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, "Mujeres La Estancia” group. The importance of their monthly educational training sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services, makes a significant difference in their lives. Learning about topics like nutrition, health, hygiene and women’s rights/roles is life changing for them. Obtaining information about effective business management practices can give them the tools they need to improve their businesses or create new ones. These women in the Trust Bank have convenience stores, animal husbandry businesses (chickens, sheep), sell fruit and drinks.

Thank you KIVA investors for your kindness and generosity in funding these crucially important loans!