A loan of $1,750 helped a member to buy supplies for his banana crop maintenance.

Chuisanto 2 Group's story

Julio (in the center of the photograph) is 36, married and lives with his three children in Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, Sololá. He says, with much cheerfulness, that he grows wild bananas which is a product in very high demand in his community, so he earns a good profit. He learned the trade from his parents 30 years ago and it is something he enjoys doing. He is able to earn a good income and profit to contribute to the family economy.

He has been in this activity since he was very young and now has more expertise in this area, so decided to form a communal bank in order to diversify the products he sells and help earn more income for the families of the group members. The loan will be used to buy supplies for banana maintenance.

His dream is to diversify production by planting 0.722 hectares of coffee.

In this group: Mariano, Julio, Jesus

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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