Total loan: $3,375

Kairos Group

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Chichicastenango, Departamento El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy more chickens.

Kairos Group's story

Rafaela is a 33-year-old Maya K’iche mother of two children (ages 3 and 7) who lives in the department/state of Quiche. She has a 3rd grade education. Her husband is a bricklayer. Neither of the children go to school. Four years ago, Rafaela began her poultry business. She sells her chickens from house to house. On Thursdays through Sundays, she sells in the main square of her town. Rafaela has several orders and requests her 5th Kiva loan to buy more chickens.

As the Secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Kairos”, it is Rafaela’s job to keep track of each monthly meeting. There are seven other Maya K’iche ladies in the group who have tortilla shops and raise chickens, pigs and cattle. Because they have little or no formal education, they benefit greatly from the interactive educational sessions each month designed by a facilitator who uses pictures, drawings, role-playing, and games to share the information. Topics are relevant to their lives and drawn from four areas: business, health, family matters, women’s issues. Every other month, they have access to basic health care services, a critical component of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and health care services. Rafaela and her friends are greatly relieved for the basic health care service, since the public health care system in Guatemala is stretched very thin.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for extending a helping hand to these ladies!