Total loan: $5,175

Campamento Group

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Momostenango, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to purchase chickens, another pig and feed.

Campamento Group's story

We are happy to report on the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Campamento” meaning “Camp”, located in the rural community of Momostenango in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. The group is composed of ten dynamic women who are committed to leaving poverty behind and leading empowered lives. The ladies have successfully completed paying off their previous loans funded by Kiva investors last September. The women report that the loans have been a great boost to their businesses (agricultural endeavours, animal husbandry and the production of handicrafts). They are requesting a new loan that is especially important now that there are three new members in the Trust Bank. Calixta was our featured client back last September. She reports that because of her loan, she was able to purchase a few pigs and dozens of chickens and turkeys as well as food to fatten them up quickly. She has been able to put aside to some funds to take care of her family. Maria is another member of the Trust Bank with seven children who range in age from four to fifteen. She is 37 years old and raises chickens, turkeys and pigs. In addition, she is a talented textile artist and embroiders beautiful blouses. Maria is requesting her first loan and will use the funds to purchase chickens, another pig and feed for them. She also needs to buy more supplies including thread and fabrics for her embroidery business. Her ultimate goal is for her children to be educated and she is pleased that five of them are in school. Business and personal tools are essential to ensure the success of Maria, Calixta and the other ladies in the Trust Bank. Friendship Bridge understands this and has combined the loans with education for the women. The concept is called “Microcredit Plus”. Each month, a Friendship Bridge Loan Officer shares timely information with the ladies about how to effectively manage their businesses (accounting, budgeting, customer service, marketing, pricing indebtedness), how to take care of themselves and their families (hygiene, nutrition, health, the use of medicinal plants) as well as women’s rights and self esteem. The Trust Bank “Campamento” feels proud to belong to the Friendship Bridge/Kiva alliance. They are grateful for the confidence of each Kiva investor in funding their loans. We shall report to you on their progress in the very near future. Thank you, Kiva investors!