A loan of $2,200 helped a member to buy more fabric, thread, flower and sugar for her two businesses.

Girasoles Group's story

Girasoles (Sunflower) Trust Bank was formed five years in San Juan Ostuncalco, a small village outside of Quetzaltenango, which is located in the western highlands of Guatemala. The seven women members of the Trust Bank are all neighbors and have known each other for many years. Each member makes the hour-long trip each way to the Quetzaltenango market on a weekly basis to buy goods and materials for their businesses and, ultimately, to sell their products. This is the fifth loan for the Sunflower Trust Bank, and all previous loans were paid on time and in full.

Vicenta Marroquin, named after her grandmother, is 28 years old and has three young girls.She has been an active member of the Sunflower Trust Bank since its inception. Vicenta is a seamstress and creates colorful traditional Mayan clothing, a craft she learned as a child from her aunt. Through previous loans from Friendship Bridge, Vicenta started a bakery business, with two other Trust Bank members more than a year ago. She plans to split her current loan between her two business, using half to buy additional thread and cloth and the remaining amount to buy powder, sugar, and other baking goods. It is Vicenta’s dream to own her own bakery. She feels that it is a blessing that lenders around the world have shown such kindness to help her and her fellow Sunflower Trust Bank members.

In this group: Carina, Francisca, Reyna Isabel, Vicenta, Celestina*, Ana Maria, Yohana Aurelina
*not pictured

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