A loan of $6,225 helped a member to grow bananas.


Xexac Group's story

Francisca (shown on the far right in the photo) is 37, married, and lives in Sololá. She has three children: a daughter, who is a student and helps with the housework; and one son who works for himself, and another son who works part of the day in the fields and also studies in a local school. Francisca grows bananas and coffee on land two kilometers from her house. She learned the trade from her mother, as her father died when she was six, and her work added to her family's earnings. Eventually she started her own plantings and has now been working independently for 15 years. She sells her crops in the local market, and since her earnings are good, she would like to invest more capital in her business. Francisca is a community leader. She managed to form a group to apply for a loan to increase her crops, buy fertilizer and more banana plants for the next sowing, and to pay the workers who prepare the land. Her great dream is to buy another parcel to plant and have more income to keep helping her sons with their education and improving the family's finances. The other group members also grow bananas and coffee, which is one of the main sources of work in the region.

In this group: Francisca , Isabel , Juana , Manuela , Maria , Juan , Maria , Pabla , Nicolas
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer



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