Total loan: $4,275

Eben Ezer Urbina Group

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Cantel Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy chickens, along with products of daily use.

Eben Ezer Urbina Group's story

Guadalupe is a woman of 63 years of age and has been a widow for 4 years. She is the mother of six children older than 18 years of age. Guadalupe has two businesses: raising animals and a store [with products of] daily use. Part of the income she obtained over more than 12 years was destined for the secondary education of her children. Some of them are independent and [live] with their own families. Guadalupe did not attend school. With her third Kiva loan, she will invest in the purchase of chickens, along with products of daily consumption.

The Puente de Amistad communal bank "Eben Ezer Urbina" is formed by seven women of Mayan K'iche ancestry. They have businesses such as stores with products for daily consumption, selling traditional clothing, and raising animals in the department and state of Quetzaltenango.

The women make the payments on their loans and participate in interactive sessions of educational training, a fundamental component of the "Microcrédito Plus" program of loans, education, and health services. A facilitator uses games, images, and diagrams to share information that is drawn from four areas: business management, health, women's issues, and family matters. The availability of health services is vital for these women. A visiting nurse offers them all types of services, consultations, and examinations.

These women are prepared to take a step toward a better future thanks to their determination, hard work, and support from the Kiva lenders who are associated with Puente de Amistad.