A loan of $2,325 helped a member to purchase seeds, fertilizer, and feed for animals.


Las Margaritas Ii Group's story

The 32 women of Las Margaritas are neighbors in their small village of Yepocapa. It is through the daily life of raising their families near one another that they decided to form a solidarity group and take out loans from Friendship Bridge. This will be their first loan, and all are eager to take on the new challenge and learn how to improve their businesses with the support of start-up capital.

Of the 32 women, 12 of them are asking for a loan of 17,600 quetzales (about $2,325 USD). These twelve women are farmers; growing potatoes, corn, and milpa (the leaf that is used to wrap tamales) on small plots of land behind their homes. They also raise cattle, chickens, and pigs, producing the majority of the town’s eggs, milk, cheese, and meat. They will use their loans to purchase seed and fertilizer for their crops and feed for their animals. One woman will invest her loan in a new calf. She raises only chickens now, and is excited about the possibility of diversifying her product base, and being able to sell milk, as well as to proviD. this delicacy for her family.

While each woman is somewhat nervous about this new venture, they are confident in their strength and have overcome countless obstacles in their lives that have prepared them for taking on this new aspect of business. They are ready to support each other with their loans, just as they have supported each other each day with raising their families.

In this group: Maria Magdalena, Teresa, Elsa, Blanca Lizeth, Maria, Eluvia, Maria Luisa, Estefana, Ofelia, Ruth, Paula, Catarina
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