Total loan: $1,650

Las Marias De Rio Bravo Group

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Rio Bravo, Suchitepéquez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Agriculture

Las Marias De Rio Bravo Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy more chickens to raise and sell.

Las Marias De Rio Bravo Group's story

Estela, a 68-year-old married mother of seven living children who range in age from 35 to 53, was proud to send them through the 5th grade. All live in the United States and have their own families. Her eighth child died because she had health problems. Her husband works in a cardamon factory. Estela is recovering from a stroke and, fortunately, she can run her poultry business from her home. She has a small area where she raises her hens and also sells their eggs. With her first Kiva loan, Estela can buy more chickens.

Six women, along with Estela, participate in the Friendship Bridge “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. They have elected her to be the President of the group. The women sell prepared foods, beverages, tortillas, and also raise chickens. They look forward to their monthly meetings and have named their Trust Bank “Las Marias de Rio Bravo”. They live in the department/state of Suchitepequez. Every other month, they have access to basic health care services, delivered by a visiting nurse who they feel comfortable with. At their monthly meetings, they participate in interactive educational training sessions about every day topics like health, nutrition, hygiene, and precautions to take during the pandemic. They also learn about effective business management practices.

Kiva investors, partnering with Friendship Bridge, give Estela and her friends real hope for a brighter future. Thank you!