A loan of $3,350 helped a member to purchase livestock.

Mujeres Valientes Group's story

The Mujeres Valientes Trust Bank was formed two years ago in the small village of San Francisco Chuatuj, which is located in the western highlands of Guatemala. The Mujeres Valientes Trust Bank has 13 hard-working women members and is in its third loan cycle as a group. The Trust Bank repaid its two previous loans with Friendship Bridge in full and on time.

Mary Leocadia, named after her grandmother, is the president of the Mujeres Valientes Trust Bank. For the past three years, she has raised livestock, whiC. she then sells in the market that is located 3km away from her town. A single mother of three boys (ages 8, 6 and 1), Mary plans to use her current loan to buy additional livestock so that she can increase her sales and continue to grow her business. She uses her income to support her family and pay for her two oldest boys' education. Her dream is to continue to build her livestock business. She also hopes to go back to school since she only has an eighth-grade education. Mary, like the other 12 women in the Mujeres Valientes Trust Bank, is thankful to have access to capital through Friendship Bridge and Kiva. In her words, she "hopes that each Kiva lender receives all of the blessings you deserve."

In this group: Silvia Mirtala*, Evelia Fidelina Margarita, Mayda Maritza, Martina, Virginia Lisset, Lucila Efra, Herlinda Fidelia, Maria Cristina, Mary Leocadia, Alejandrina Obispa, Sheny Fernanda, Matilde, Beatriz Natalia
*not pictured

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