Total loan: $1,425

La Joya De Conce Group

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Concepción Tutuapa, San Marcos, San Marcos Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy a cow for breeding.

La Joya De Conce Group's story

Historically, it has not been a priority for young Mayan girls in Guatemala to attend school. It was more important for them to work with their parents doing household chores, weaving traditional textiles, or working on the family farm. Maria, a 42-year-old mother of eight children (ranging in age from 5 to 25), was one of these girls since her father believed that education was not important for girls.

Maria is married and her older children have their own families and homes. She is the grandmother of nine grandchildren. Her four younger children still go to school. Her husband is a bricklayer. Seven years ago, she began her animal husbandry business of raising chickens and pigs. Now, she is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy a cow for breeding.

Maria, along with seven other Mayan Mam women, participates in the Friendship Bridge “Microcredit Plus” program that consists of loans, education, and health care services. Their Trust Bank is called “La Joya de Conce”. The women learn about business management tools at their monthly meetings that they can apply to their animal husbandry and vegetable businesses. They also learn about an aspect of three other topics: health, family matters, women’s issues.

In providing funding for these much-appreciated loans, the Kiva lenders are giving Maria and her friends real hope for a brighter future. Thank you!