A loan of $3,975 helped a member to buy strawberries seeds, and to buy chickens.

Las Marias De San Jose Chiriju Group's story

Rosa is a 51-year-old lady who is married and has 5 children (oldest 29 and youngest 13). Four of them are currently in school. Rosa and her family live in rural Llanos del Pinal, Quetzaltenango in the western highlands of Guatemala, where many people are engaged in activities like agriculture and animal husbandry. Many women are also seamstresses. Rosa belongs to the community bank called CIELO (Heaven), along with 13 other women, who seek to develop themselves and their families. Besides agriculture, these ladies are also dedicated to sewing, growing and selling flowers, buying and selling all kinds of vegetables, breeding animals, etc.

Rosa and her family have been engaged in the farming industry for several years. She decided to approach Friendship Bridge for a loan to increase the amount of land available for cultivation. Currently, she is starting her 6th loan cycle; Rosa is so excited to request a loan of 512 USD, which she’ll use to buy seeds, fertilizer, and manure for a crop of 10 strings. Among the products they grow there are: onions, lettuce, carrots, and broccoli. Rosa and her family sell the vegetables to wholesalers in a large market located about 1 hour from their land.

Rosa's great desire is that her children could stay in school, so their future can be better than hers. She says that it's hard not knowing how to write in Spanish, even though she understands and speaks some Spanish. Currently two of her children are in high school on weekends so they can support the family during the week in the field. Also her two youngest children are in elementary school daily.

Rosa and the other women of the trust bank CIELO are grateful for the support and trust of KIVA investors. With the working capital they give, these ladies can make their small businesses grow and/or maintain the same level. Their businesses are sources of income for them and their families.

In this group: Maria, Elena, Benita, Maria, Isabel, Maria Leonarda, Irma Yolanda, Paulina

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