Total loan: $2,825

Paxixil Group

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San Francisco el Alto, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Health

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A loan helped to restock the shelves of her pharmacy.

Paxixil Group's story

In Guatemala, older Maya women were rarely able to attend school. Antonia, who is 67 years of age, is one of them.

When she was fourteen, she enrolled in a general education program and learned to read and write! Then, when she was seventeen, she enrolled in a health program and learned to give injections, even to people with tuberculosis. This was very helpful because, after marrying at twenty years of age, she and her husband developed a business selling medicines.

For thirty years, she has had a small pharmacy upon which community members depend for 148 medicines. The business inspired her adult children to become nurses and teachers. Antonia is requesting her sixth Kiva loan to purchase a variety of medicines to restock her shelves.

Antonia is president of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank "Paxixil" in the department/state of Totonicapán. There are six other Maya K’iche ladies in the group. She calls the monthly meetings to order, and the women make loan payments. Then, they participate in educational sessions on topics such as business management skills, healthy habits, and self-esteem. These sessions are provided by a facilitator and are all part of the "Microcredit Plus" program which includes a focus on loans, education and healthcare.

The ladies are able to use what they learn with their families, as well as their businesses. Their businesses include clothing manufacture (jackets, T-shirts, pants), and raising poultry. Also, every other month they have access to basic health services provided by a visiting nurse, as part of the "Health for Life" program.

Thank you, Kiva investors!