Total loan: $2,950

Las Marias De Quixaya Group

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San Lucas Tolimán, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to purchase a large number of chickens.

Las Marias De Quixaya Group's story

Eleven women live in the rural community of Quixaya community outside of the town of San Lucas Toliman on the shores of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. The women are neighbors as well as good friends. They decided to form a Friendship Bridge Trust Bank called “Las Marias de Quixaya," which means “The Marias of Quixaya.” The ladies are looking forward to investing capital into their small businesses which include the sale of foods (fruit, cheese) as well as clothing and shoes. Other women raise chickens and livestock that they sell at nearby markets. And others have invested in convenience stores where they sell everyday items. Cresencia is a 49-year-old member of the Trust Bank with seven children. She has a dynamic personality and is quite active in the group. Cresencia buys day-old chickens that she takes care of for 15 days and then sells. She also sells fully mature chickens to farms that are located around her community. Cresencia is requesting her very first loan which she will use to purchase a large number of chickens as well as chicken feed. Her goal is to increase her inventory to 600! Cresencia was only able to complete kindergarten and is keenly aware of the importance of a good education. Three of her children are currently enrolled in school and she is quite pleased about this. Along with the ten other ladies in the Trust Bank, Cresencia reaps benefits from the monthly educational trainings given by a Friendship Bridge Loan Officer. The women are eager to learn about business administration (money management, budgeting, customer service, sales), women’s and children’s health and hygiene, and self-esteem. “We appreciate the support of KIVA investors for ourselves and our community,” states Cresencia. “It is a huge step for us to have access to a loan. We will work hard and provide benefits to our families.” Thank you, KIVA investors!