Total loan: $4,675

Tornasol Group

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Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Agriculture

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

A loan helped named Laura who is requesting a loan to buy laying hens and material for a chicken coop.

Tornasol Group's story

Forty-one-year-old Laura is an exceptional Maya K'iche' woman. She is a primary school teacher and also studied for a time contractually. Laura became a widow 18 months ago and now is totally responsible for the well-being and education of her two children (ages 11 and 15). They are in the 5th and 9th grades.

Four years ago, to generate income, she started a business raising chickens to fatten and then selling them in the market four times per week. Now she is requesting a fifth Kiva loan to buy laying hens and material (mesh, nails, wood) to enlarge her chicken coop. Laura wants to sell some of her chickens alive and sell eggs by the carton.

Laura and seven other ladies are members of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, "Tornasol," located in the city of Totonicapán. As president, Laura calls the monthly meetings to order so the ladies can make loan payments on their businesses raising chickens, weaving traditional wrap-around skirts, running shoe and carpenter shops, or selling personal products by catalog. Then, with a facilitator, they participate in educational sessions geared toward four critical areas of their lives: business, health, family and women's issues. The sessions are a part of the Microcredit Plus program that also includes healthcare services provided by a visiting nurse bimonthly. The ladies receive basic exams and consults.

Thank you, Kiva investors! You provide a means for the ladies to have a successful future!!!