A loan of $3,275 helped a member to purchase seeds for planting green beans and broccoli, and to purchase fruits and vegetables for resale.


Mujeres Benditas Group's story

Maria Eulalia is the founder and current President of the Mujeres Benditas (Blessed Women) Trust Bank, which is comprised of nine women who are determined to develop successful businesses with their loans. The Trust Bank is located in a small town called San Jose Xepatan, Patzun, Chimaltenango, Guatemala, which is a very agricultural area. The majority of the inhabitants grow vegetables like green beans and broccoli. Within the Mujeres Benditas Trust Bank, five of the women are engaged in agriculture, another woman sells fruit, two ladies have convenience stores and one member operates a tortilla-making shop. All of them are also weavers.

Maria is on her fifth loan with Friendship Bridge. The 54-year-old has never attended school and is divorced. She has six children, and four of them are still at home. Maria is an entrepreneur and works hard every day to support her children. She buys and sells vegetables and fruit, traveling to the market, which is located 20 minutes from her home, to sell her products on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. During the rest of the week, Maria and her family work in the field growing green beans and broccoli. Maria only started selling fruit five years ago, but her business is growing, which allows her to dedicate more money to raising crops.

Maria’s dream is to expand her businesses so that she has a larger variety of products to sell. She wants to use her income to help her younger children continue in school; most of her older children only have a sixth-grade education. With her new loan, she will be purchasing seeds for planting more green beans and broccoli, as well as purchasing fruits and vegetables for resale.

Like Maria, the other eight women in the Mujeres Benditas Trust Bank are so thankful to have the support of KIVA investors. The women realize that KIVA investors work hard like they do and appreciate that others are willing to share their earnings with women in Guatemala so that they can create better opportunities for their children.

In this group: Maria Eulalia , Blanca Elvira, Maria Herlinda, Margarita , Ruth Dalila , Maria Elizabeth , Magdalena , Cristina , Maria Eulalia
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