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Fundación Barceló, through the Voluntaris de Mallorca NGO, has initiated a microcredit project for indigenous women in the village of Chulumal, in Guatemala. An initiative that will enable a hundred women to have a means to earn a living and gain autonomy.
This line of microcredits – to which the Barceló Foundation will give 11,300 dollars – is aimed at women from families in extreme poverty, women without education, illiterate or almost illiterate, and women with an interest in entrepreneurship.
“Guatemalan indigenous women have no chance of receiving credit from banks and the only way to get it is through participation in projects like the Barceló Foundation. The credits are used to buy chickens, pigs, weaving threads and fertilizers mainly”, explains the Majorcan NGO, in addition to emphasizing that although this is a project that has been active for 13 years, every year new women are incorporated, thus increasing the number of beneficiaries.
Also, “Voluntaris de Mallorca” point out that this year the coronavirus pandemic has especially affected the rural indigenous population of Guatemala due to its endemic poverty, as well as the large number of expulsions of infected immigrants from the United States.
Most of the women who have accessed these microcredits have chosen to create poultry, pig, goat and chicken farms. Others have opted for more innovative initiatives, such as chicken incubators, the sale of “corn tortillas” or the sale of food, cosmetics and jewelry.
VOLUNTARIS DE MALLORCA
“Voluntaris de Mallorca” is an entity formed by a heterogeneous group of people working in various fields of International Cooperation.
Its main objective is to provide tools and basic knowledge for the attention of the most vulnerable collectives in Peru and Guatemala, the two countries where it works.
In the case of Guatemala, the NGO has been carrying out projects for 22 years and collaborating with ADIZ NGO for 14 years, through the promotion of different infrastructure, education, and health projects in one of the poorest areas of the country.