A loan helped a member to buy more hens, pigs and feed for them.


Mujeres Luchadoras De Cocales Group's story

According to the World Bank, 59.3% of the population of Guatemala lives below the poverty line. In addition, 23% live in extreme poverty. Many depend on farming and animal husbandry to create income. Ana, a 52-year-old married mother of four grown children, raises chickens and pigs that she sells both live and butchered in the local market. She lives in a rural area in the department/state of Mazatenango. Ana Maria grew up helping her parents who raised poultry and pigs. She visualizes expanding her business and so she is requesting her second Kiva loan to buy more hens, pigs and feed for them.

Ana Maria, along with six other ladies, is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Luchadoras de Cocales”. These women are enthusiastic and hardworking. With a Kiva loan, they will be able to invest in their convenience stores, tortilla shops, small food stands and animal husbandry businesses.

In their monthly meetings, they participate in educational sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Relevant information is shared with the ladies from four areas: business, health, family, and women. Another “plus” program is the “Health for Life” program. A nurse visits them every other month and offers all kinds of exams and family planning consults. This is especially important because the health care system in Guatemala is very poor.

Ana Maria and her six friends are deeply appreciative of the kindness of Kiva lenders. Thank you!

In this group: Mirna Janeth , Alcira , Josselyn Andrea , Ana Maria , Sandra Patricia , Stephanie Michelle , Jenniffer Arely


This loan is special because:

Clients receive in-depth trainings on business, health, over-indebtedness, and self-esteem.



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