A loan of $3,450 helped a member to expand her strawberry production to include lettuce and cabbage as more durable crops.

Mujeres Nuevo Amanecer Group's story

From the rural village of Tecpan, Guatemala, “Las Mujeres Nuevo Amenecer” (the Women of a New Morning) is a group composed of nine remarkable entrepreneurs. Six of the nine women are directly involved in agriculture or the pasturing of animals. From strawberries to artichokes, corn to pigs, the women have generations of experience working with the tough soil of the Western highlands of Guatemala to produce enough for their families.

After receiving four previous group loans from the MFI Friendship Bridge, these women have been able to expand their production to now sell a consistent surplus in the local market. Moreover, Friendship Bridge organized a workshop on organic fertilization and crop rotation for the women this past fall to counteract "slash and burn" erosion and nutrient depletion.

As the leader of the women, Feliza (in the back row, second from the right), is especially proud of her strawberry crop. She has been able to double her production with the previous assistance of Friendship Bridge. Feliza hopes to expand her farm’s production to include lettuce and cabbage as more durable crops. With nine children, Feliza and her husband are excited to provide more consistently for their family with the hopes that their children can spend more time at school than in the fields.

In this group: Claudia Maribel, Feliza Yax, Ana Violeta, Fidelia Muj, Rosa Ofelia, Florencia Patricio, Hercilia Patricio, Maria Mercedes, Sonia Argentina

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