A loan of $4,850 helped a member to buy rice, pasta, sugar and salt, as well as the latest styles of sandals.


Nueva Vida Group's story

“Nueva Vida” or “New Life” is the name of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank in the state/department of Totonicapan. It was formed by 11 Maya K’iche ladies who are beginning their third loan cycle with Kiva. Because the women have had little or no formal education, the monthly educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program (loans + education) of Friendship Bridge, is crucial to their success. Topics are drawn from four areas that include business, family, health and women. The ladies are able to apply what they learn immediately to their own lives and share with their family and friends.

Zoila, a 35-year-old mother of two children (10 and 13 years old) has a sixth grade education. Her children are enrolled in school. Zoila has a stand in the local market where she sells items for everyday use, as well as rubber sandals.

Zoila is requesting a loan to buy rice, pasta, sugar, and salt, as well as the latest styles of sandals. Just like mothers from all parts of the world, Zoila wants her children to complete their education and lead successful lives as adults. Even though she only has a sixth grade education, Zoila understands the tremendous value of attending school.

For Zoila and her friends in the Trust Bank, being able to access a loan is like finding a key to unlock a door. By building their businesses, educating themselves and their children, these women are stepping through a doorway into a brighter future. Thank you, Kiva lenders!

In this group: Margarita Esperanza, Zoila, Simiona Geronima, Emilia Zulamita, Gabriela, Jesus Faustina, Pascuala, Juana Ernestina, Florinda Isabel , Santos, Francisca Victoriana


This loan is special because:

Clients receive in-depth trainings on business, health, over-indebtedness, and self-esteem.



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