A loan of $4,825 helped a member to buy farm supplies.

Pasac 1 Group's story

Miguel (third from right to left wearing a white shirt with black stripes) is a 51-year-old, married man living in Sololá. He has seven children. Three of them are girls that help with household chores and four are boys that help Miguel with the agricultural chores; one is married and works independently.

He works growing and caring for banana, coffee and maxan leaf (a leaf used in Guatemalan cooking to wrap food; see plants in photo background) crops. The care he provides for this leaf is natural and he uses organic fertilizer and practices that don’t damage nature which is a friendly way to treat the environment. He learned this work alongside his father because it’s one of the most common activities in the region.

He decided to grow his own crops and bought a parcel of land located three kilometers from his house; he now has 22 years’ experience working independently. He sells his crops in the local market and his profits are good. He wants to continue investing capital to expand crops.

He is a leader in his community and organized a group of people through which he’s requesting a loan to expand his crops buying organic fertilizer, maxan plants for the next planting cycle and to pay laborers to prepare the soil.

He dreams with being able in future to buy another parcel of land to continue expanding his crops and earn higher profits for his family’s economy. The other group members are also in this same activity growing and caring for maxan leaf crops which is one of the main employment-generating activities in the region.

In this group: Diego , Pascual , Miguel , Maria , Manuel , Noé López Guarchaj , Pascuala , Manuela , Daniel *

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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