Total loan: $4,100

Esperanza Group

Santa Clara La Laguna, Solola, Solola, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy several boxes of chicken meat.

Esperanza Group's story

Lucia, the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Esperanza” or “Hope,” is 31 years old and married, with four children (9-15). Her husband works constructing homes inside and outside of the community where they live in the department/state of Solola.

Some time ago, Lucia decided to open a business selling chicken meat. She sells on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays in the local market. Lucia has planned carefully and decided she needs her first Kiva loan to buy several boxes of chicken meat so that she can fill orders for her customers. With her earnings, she intends to put aside some funds to pay for the educational expenses for her children in the coming year.

There are eight ladies in the Trust Bank who look forward to their monthly meetings. They learn to manage their businesses effectively (animal husbandry, basket and traditional textile fabrication, chicken meat sales by the pound, seamstress shops) as they gather information about planning, budgeting, and savings.

They also learn about family matters (health, nutrition, hygiene) and women’s issues (self esteem, violence against women, family planning). Lucia shares, “Each of the topics of our trainings help us to improve our homes and our businesses.” Every other month, the women have access to basic health care services. Friendship Bridge calls this combination of loans, education, and health care “Microcredit Plus.”

Thank you, Kiva investors, for the essential role you play in the life of Lucia and her friends.