Total loan: $5,325

Cruzche I Group

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Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy corn wholesale to feed her animals and a pair of goats.

Cruzche I Group's story

Despite the high level of unemployment, the Guatemalan people have found their own working space. The story of 21 year old Juana is an example of a wife who raises animals. It is a business that helps her husband in supporting the family economy and improve their living conditions. She is a K’iche’ Maya woman and she started this profitable business three years ago. In order to continue to expand her business Juana is requesting her 2nd loan from Kiva. With the financing she will buy corn wholesale to feed her animals and a pair of goats.

There are eight women in the Friendship Bridge's “Cruzche I” communal bank who live in Quiché department. They are learning to budget and plan through monthly training provided by an instructor from the institution. As the majority of them have little to no formal education, this training is essential for their success. They also get information about their rights and empowerment. Friendship Bridge calls this effective combination of informal education, health services and small loans “Microcrédito Plus”. Juana and the rest of her group apply what they learn to their businesses raising chickens and goats. (The child in the photo is the son of a borrower).

These women are looking at a brighter future thanks to the support of the lenders at Kiva.