Total loan: $2,625

Las Palmas Group

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Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Agriculture

Las Palmas Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy more hens and pigs.

Las Palmas Group's story

Twenty-two-year-old Sebastiana is a new mother of a month-old baby. She is in the process of getting a divorce. Sebastiana lives with her parents in the department/state of Quiche and has a 7th grade education. For many years, she has managed her parents’ convenience store and raised hens, turkeys and pigs. With her sixth Kiva loan, Sebastiana looks forward to buying more hens and pigs to raise and sell.

Sebastiana is one of seventh Maya K’iche women who are members who participate in the Friendship Bridge “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, monthly educational sessions and bi-monthly healthcare services. Their Trust Bank is called “Las Palmas.” The ladies have convenience stores, animal husbandry businesses and also make mats, bottle holders and hats from palm leaves. Their educational sessions are vital to their success as women (self esteem, empowerment, women’s rights/roles), mothers (nutrition, hygiene, health) and entrepreneurs (business management tools). Their Facilitator, who designs these classes, speaks their Maya K’iche' language. Every two months, a visiting nurse comes to their community and offers all kinds of consults, exams and services in a program called “Health for Life.” The ladies really appreciate this service because the health care system in Guatemala is stretched thin and often, non-existent.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for lending a helping hand. Little by little, these ladies are empowering themselves and creating their own solutions to poverty!