Total loan: $4,650

Puente San Vicente Group

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San Carlos Sija, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy a cow.

Puente San Vicente Group's story

Having access to education can enable women to earn higher income and lead healthy, productive lives.

Thelma, a 51-year-old married mother of 3 children, all who are over the age of 15, has no formal education. Thelma shares that she didn’t see the importance of going to school, and she believes that the practical knowledge she gained from running her farm and raising sheep and pigs was sufficient.

Fourteen years ago, she began her farm by growing corn and beans. Her children help her care for the animals. With her first Kiva loan, Thelma will buy a cow.

Thelma is the Treasurer of Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Puente San Vicente,” located in a rural area in the department/state of Quetzaltenango. There are 6 other Maya K’iche ladies in the group who also raise animals and are farmers who grow beans, corn, and peas.

The women enjoy their monthly educational training sessions, which are part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and health care services. Topics are relevant to their lives and are drawn from four areas: business, health, family, and women. This program is a great way for Thelma and her friends to learn about practical topics that will help them with their businesses, their families, and themselves. They also receive bi-monthly visits by a traveling nurse who offers all kinds of exams, consultations, and services, all of which are imperative to their growth and success.

Thelma and the women in the Trust Bank thank the Kiva investors from all parts of the world who fund their much-appreciated loans!