Total loan: $5,475

Santa Rosita Group

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San Marcos, San Marcos Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

Santa Rosita Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy 2 steers, laying hens and goats.

Santa Rosita Group's story

Mariela, age 39, is president of the Friendship Bridge communal bank "Santa Rosita". She went to school for 6 years. At a very young age she learned how to raise cattle (cows, bulls, sheep) and chickens. She characterizes herself as a hard worker and started her business 15 years ago, now she is looking to increase her livestock. Mariela lives with her husband and is the mother of a 4-year-old daughter. She is applying for her first Kiva loan to invest in the purchase of 2 steers, laying hens and goats.

There are 8 other ladies in the group who live in a rural area in the department/state of San Marcos. Five of them speak Mam and three of them, including Mariela, speak only Spanish. They want to invest this loan in the animal husbandry business (cattle, chickens) and in daily consumer stores.

Mariela is one of the more than 32,000 female clients of Friendship Bridge who benefit from participating in the "Microcredit Plus" program, which combines small loans, training, and basic health services. Because these women have little or no formal education, they participate in monthly educational seminars that are part of the “Microcredit Plus” program.
These trainings are vital for the success of these women. The subjects are directed towards business practices (investment, planning, budgeting), family care (nutrition, hygiene) and their own empowerment (self esteem, rights).

With the support of Kiva's and Friendship Bridge moneylenders, Mariela and her fellow group members will have the tools they need to succeed. Thanks!