A loan of $5,825 helped a member to invest in her onion crops.

Chuisequec Group's story

In the western highlands of Guatemala, the agricultural town of Concepción is located. The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Chuisequec” consisting of eleven women is found here. The ladies create traditional crafts, jewellery, and beaded items in order to create income.

Doña Rosario is a 37-year-old member of the Trust Bank who is a true leader and role model for the group. She has been elected President. She is very charismatic and promotes harmony within the Trust Bank. This hard-working woman, who is married with seven children, is involved with her family farm growing carrots, onions, and cabbage. She is requesting a new loan which she will invest in the onion crop that she will plant in the winter months. Right now, she has to prepare the soil and buy fertilizer, insecticides, and seeds. She wants to have everything ready so that she can have an excellent and abundant harvest.

The eleven women are greatly helped by the non-formal educational themes that are covered by a Friendship Bridge Loan Officer at the monthly meetings on topics like money management and business administration, budgeting, and accounting, as well as health and nutrition. Many of them, like Doña Rosario, have had little or no formal education. But they realize that education is the key to a successful future. Four of Doña Rosario’s children attend elementary school and she is quite pleased about this.

The Trust Bank “Chuisequec” send their appreciation and gratitude to Kiva investors for believing in their dreams. Armed with their newly acquired knowledge and loans, the ladies are able to improve the quality of their lives and empower themselves with the final goal of eliminating poverty. This will not only benefit themselves but also their families and their community. Thank you, Kiva investors!

In this group: Maria Cristina, Zoida Hortencia, Catarina, Rosario, Petronila, Maria Florinda, Nicolasa, Maria, Dominga, Magdalena, Irma Estela

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