Total loan: $6,025

15 De Enero Group

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San Pedro Jocopilas, El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy four more pigs to raise and the sell to restaurants.

15 De Enero Group's story

San Pedro Jocopilas is a town located in the Guatemalan state of Quiche, northwest of Guatemala City. The town is known for its cotton weavings, palm hats and adobe bricks. They are also known for selling oils, paints and soaps.

A dedicated group of small businesswomen formed the local Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “15 de Enero” (January 15th). The women, besides wanting micro-credit loans to develop their small businesses, also have dreams of empowering themselves and eliminating poverty in their lives. They have formed “15 de Enero” to expand their small businesses, increase profits and meet their household expenses, including sending their children to school,.

Santos is 32 years old and was elected President of the group. Her business is animal husbandry, especially raising pigs. She is requesting a loan to buy four more pigs to raise and the sell to restaurants. Santos shares her earnings with her children, who are all attending school. Her desire and expectation is that they all reach a high level of education, a goal that she was unable to attain.

Unfortunately, the majority of the women who make up “15 de Enero” were unable to attend school. Like most Mayan women, they were required from early childhood to work hard and help meet the financial needs of their families. The skills they learned as children provided the foundation for them to develop a strong work ethic, and perhaps their own businesses as they got older. The educational component of the “Microcredit Plus” Program of Friendship Bridge (small loans + education) gave them the tools to learn and polish business skills (pricing, marketing, accounting, budgeting, customer service), leadership, self-esteem and empowerment, as well as hygiene, health and women’s rights. Like a plant in need of water and fertilizer, the “Microcredit Plus” Program gives them essential nutrients to grow and expand in their personal and business lives.

The women of “15 de Enero” are very grateful to all the KIVA investors from around the world who have generously provided funds for these essential loans. Thank you KIVA investors for your kindness and vision for these ladies!!!