Total loan: $5,650

El Buen Jesus Group

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Chicacao, Suchitepéquez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to restock her convenience store and buy more chickens.

El Buen Jesus Group's story

Maria is a 30-year-old married mother of 5 children (ages 2-12). She has a 6th grade education. She is hardworking and resourceful. Her husband is a farmer. She has sold live and butchered chickens for 3 years as a street vendor and also from a local stand. Maria saw that she needed to generate more income, so she opened a small convenience store.

She is requesting her second Kiva loan and will resupply the store with basic items and drinks. She also wants to buy more chickens. Some of her income will be earmarked for the continuing education of 4 of her children who attend kindergarten and primary school classes.

As Secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, “El Buen Jesus,” Maria keeps minutes from the monthly meetings of the group. There are 9 other Maya Tz'utujil ladies who attend the meetings and live in a rural area in the department/state of Suchitepequez. They sell prepared meals, tamales, chicken by the pound, and also have convenience stores.

They look forward to their meetings when they offer each other support, make loan payments, and participate in educational training sessions (health, family, women, and business). These sessions are designed by a Facilitator who speaks their Tz'utujil language and uses pictures, diagrams, role-playing, and games to share the information. Every other month, they have access to basic healthcare services, including exams and consults. This combination of loans, education and healthcare is called “Microcredit Plus.”

Thank you, Kiva investors!