A loan of $1,300 helped a member to buy supplies (fertilizer and payment for manual labor).

Xojolá Group's story

Juana (first on the left in the photo) is a 36-year-old woman, married, with two children. She lives with her family in Nahualá, Sololá. She is an enthusiastic and visionary woman, with many hopes of succeeding. She works in the production and sales of bananas, and she does this lovely job in the community where she lives. She inherited the work from her parents, who worked there as well and that is how they transferred all their knowledge and experience to her. This work has generated enough income to sustain Juana's family. She says that she likes the job because it is honest, and with it she can serve the community. She has more than 25 years of experience doing this work. With the goal of contributing to her community, she decided to organize a group that would mutually help herself and her associates to have a better quality of life. She will use this loan to buy supplies (fertilizer and payment for manual labor) for the maintenance of the banana plantations. Juana dreams of increasing her income through planting and production of more bananas, and that way she can help her children to become professionals.

In this group: Dorotea, Elena, Juana, Rebeca

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Claire Carlson

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