Total loan: $4,150

Genesis Chuatuj Group

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Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy a variety of medicines.

Genesis Chuatuj Group's story

In a rural area in the department/state of Quetzaltenango, 10 Maya K’iche ladies, who have elementary school educations, are striving to empower themselves and eliminate poverty. They have formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Genesis Chuatuj” and look forward to their monthly meetings when they make payments on their loans and participate in relevant educational trainings. This is the beginning of their second Kiva loan cycle.

Elizabeth, a 46-year-old married mother of seven children (ages 4-25), is a member of the group with a second grade education. Her husband helps with the two family businesses: a convenience store and a veterinary supply store. Because of the businesses, the couple has been able to care for the children and they have varying amounts of education. Business has been good and Elizabeth is requesting a loan to buy inventory for the veterinary business. She would like to use her loan to buy a variety of medicines.

As Elizabeth and her friends have little or no formal education, they realize huge benefits from their monthly educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and healthcare services. They learn about various aspects of four topics: business, health, family and women.

The ladies appreciate the partnership between Kiva and Friendship Bridge. They are creating a brighter tomorrow, benefiting themselves, their families and their community!