Total loan: $4,650

Cruz De Camino Group

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Chinique, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy more animals and feed to fatten them.

Cruz De Camino Group's story

The ladies are organized into “Trust Banks”, each having 7-30 members. They meet monthly with a Facilitator from the organization. The Trust Bank “Cruz de Camino” is one such group and is made up of 8 women from the village of Chinique in the Northwestern Highlands of Guatemala. The ladies range in age from 20-30 and all have children who they plan to enroll again in school for the new 2016 year that begins in January. They work with their husbands in businesses like farming, vegetable sales and animal husbandry (pigs and cattle). The majority of them have had no formal education.

Twenty year old Maria is a member of the Trust Bank who was able to stay in school until the 4th grade. She has an animal husbandry business and raises cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens that she sells in the local market. She is requesting a loan to buy more animals, feed to fatten them up, as well as corn. Maria works alongside her husband and the couple is determined to create a better future for their 18 month old son. Maria has been with Friendship Bridge for three years and is pleased to have created income from her business. This is very exciting for her and she is firmly on her path to success! Her goal is to open a storefront where she can sell her animals!

It would be impossible for Maria and the women in the “Sol Brillante” Trust Bank to walk into a regular bank to secure a loan. Thanks to the generosity of Kiva lenders and organizations like Friendship Bridge, these ladies have a real opportunity to create lasting change not only in their own lives but those of their families and community. Thank you, Kiva lenders!