A loan of $5,200 helped a member to buy seeds and chickens.


Mujeres Activas Group's story

In the rural community of Xetuj, Quetzaltenango, located in the Northwest of Guatemala, many families are engaged in agriculture and commerce, as is the case of the 14 women who make up the Trust Bank Mujeres Activas (Active Women).

Among the group is María, a 41-year-old woman, who is married and has eight children (four girls and four boys), five of whom are still in school. One of her children is starting seventh grade this year, which is a benchmark year, since most children drop out by the sixth grade, if they make it that far. In fact, María did not have the opportunity to attend school at all. For several years, María and her husband have devoted their energy and resources to agricultural activities. They grow vegetables such as carrots, radishes, cabbage, cauliflower, and potatoes on seven acres of land. They sell their products in nearby markets. Maria also engages in the purchase and resale of vegetables while she is at the market, so that she leverages the use of her time.

María is an enterprising, able woman who has designs to grow her economic prospects. With this loan, she wants to add two new small enterprises: growing flowers and raising chickens. She intends to use the loan to buy vegetable seeds to augment her current business, flower seeds, and four-dozen chickens. This is what María says of her loan, "I am delighted to receive this new loan, and I'm very eager for my two new projects, and my family supports me."

The 14 women of Mujeres Activas are very active and participatory. They love to participate during the monthly trainings delivered by a Friendship Bridge staff, where they discuss topics such as women's health, hygiene, children's rights, self-esteem, business administration, and money administration, among others. The Mujers Activas group is thankful for the support that the Kiva investors provide for them.

In this group: Cristina , Carmen , Maria , Maria Claudia , Mirna Soledad , Hilda Adelaida , Adelina , Fabiola , Sara , Manuela , Vilma Yolanda , Rosa Maria , Mercedes , Irma Leticia
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