A loan of $3,450 helped a member to look after her banana trees.

Caserio Yoxaja 1 Group's story

There's no shortage of enterprising women in the country of eternal spring, Guatemala, where women play an important role in countryside work. This is the case of Antonia, who is 28 years old. She has two children, who study at the local school. She is the one in a white blouse with flowers who is the first on the right.

The activity she carries out with so much pride is the production of bananas on the fertile lands of her community. She has been in this business for 20 years and makes a good income for her family. She inherited it from her father, who left it to her so that she could have a better quality of life in the future.

Antonia will use the loan she is requesting to maintain her banana plants so that they produce their fruits, which can then be taken to the markets of the community to be sold.

A group of women decided to join Antonia to get the most benefit out of the land of her community, since it is full of life to grow any agricultural product.

Her dream is to plant more banana plants in the fertile land she has and in this way, she wants to support the environment and earn a living from it for her family so that they can become professionals in the future.

In this group: Antonia, Dorra, Lucia, Pascuala, María, Manuela, Julia, María, Victoria Argentina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Chloe Pilpel

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