A loan of $2,825 helped a member to purchase seeds and fertilizer.

Mujeres Chuisequec I Group's story

The women of the community bank Mujeres Chuisequéc have traveled about an hour from their farming community of Concepción to the region’s capital city, Sololá, for their meeting at the Friendship Bridge office.

They gather quickly and expectantly, dressed in their traditional Mayan clothing, they calm their babies and whisper to each other in their native language, Kaqchiquel, as they wait. The loan officer begins, and all eyes are on her.

Mujeres Chuisequéc have been together for two years now. They began with three women and are now up to eighteen. The word spread quickly about the loans from Friendship Bridge and how they helped business, and the eighteen women in the room are eager and hopeful, ready to put their loans to good use.

All but two of them have small farms in which they grow potatoes, carrots, onions, radishes, beans, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, lemongrass, and chamomile. The farms are located in Concepción, an area with a temperate climate and a rich soil that allows for year-round farming. Ten of the women are asking for a group loan of 21,500 quetzales ($2825), ranging from $150 to $400, all which will be invested in farming. They will use the money to purchase seeds and fertilizer.

The women of Mujeres Chuisequéc have large families- up to ten kids each. As they go to sign their names, all but two of them sign with a thumbprint, indicating they cannot write. The women express that everything they do is for their children. They work hard every day and do everything possible to provide for their families so that their children can receive an education and have lives with more opportunities and far less suffering than what they have had to endure.

In this group: Claudia Ester, Rosario, Isabel, Dominga, Juana, Lucia, Maria Louisa, Olga Maria, Juliana, Santos

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