A loan helped a member to buy chickens, turkeys and cerdos, as well as cement, mesh, wood and cinder block to build the animal pens.


Mujeres De Paichal Group's story

Maya K'iche' is spoken by 27-year-old Juana in the rural area of the Department of Quiché, where she lives with her husband and four children, ages 1, 3, 5 and 8. From the time she was 7, Juana has been a saleswoman. At that young age, she sold vegetables with her mother in the local market. Since she wanted to focus on the business of selling in the market, she stopped going to school after the third grade.

Ten years ago, Juana opened her own convenience store that is successful. Now she wants to start a new animal husbandry business raising chickens, turkeys and pigs. She is requesting a KIVA loan to buy chickens, turkeys and cerdos [pigs], as well as cement, mesh, wood and cinder block to build the animal pens.

Juana is a member, along with six other ladies, of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank "Mujeres de Paichal". The ladies meet monthly to make loan payments and then participate in educational sessions that are a part of the "Micredit Plus" program of loans, education and health care. A Facilitator engages them in topics like business skills—customer service and marketing.

Juana says a topic that helped her was the importance of offering multiple products to customers and having a varied business to meet customer needs. The other women, whose businesses include raising chickens and goats, as well as butchering pigs and selling the meat, also found this topic helpful. Bi-monthly, they have a visiting nurse who gives them physical exams and screenings.

Thank you KIVA investors!

In this group: Juana, Rosario, Aura Martina, Santos , Juana , Nicolasa, Elena


This loan is special because:

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



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