A loan of $4,575 helped a member to buy a variety of fruits and chickens..


Shalom Group's story

The nine women in the Shalom Trust Bank are very excited to start their fifth loan cycle. The capital from the new loan cycle will be used by the Trust Bank members to boost the productivity of their businesses – benefiting not only them but also their families. Having named their group "Shalom" (Peace) for a reason, the members hope every loan cycle brings their families closer to contentment.

Most group members are from the municipality of Olintepeque in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Olintepeque has paved roads that connect its villages, with farms scattered among the villages. Residents of the area are primarily engaged in growing corn, wheat, beans, green beans, peas, oats, potatoes, and fruits. Some residents make crafts, including jewelry, leather, wax and wood. The languages spoken in Olintepeque are Spanish and K'iche.

Olivia, who is one of the youngest members of the Shalom Trust Bank, is 24 years old and is a single mother of two boys (an eight-year-old who is already in school and a two-year-old). Olivia is a street vendor who sells fruits and pupusas (a type of traditional food), which she has been doing for about eight years. She sells in eight different villages and works six days a week. Some days, Olivia leaves home at 6:30 a.m. and does not return until 8 p.m.

Having never completed her education, Olivia decided to go back to school and is now in the fifth grade. She hopes to continue learning and, one day, become a teacher. For Olivia, being part of Friendship Bridge and having access to small loans is really helpful because she can now earn an income to support herself and her two children, give her children an education and continue her own education.

With a new loan through Kiva lenders, Olivia will buy a variety of fruits so that she can continue to expand her business—her clientele is growing and she needs to keep up! Besides completing her education, Olivia dreams of one day owning a proper storefront to sell her fruit. She struggles with her business during the rainy season because it is difficult to travel. With a storefront, her clients would know where she is at all times and be able to come to her.

Olivia and her fellow Shalom Trust Bank members are thrilled that people from other countries want to help them. They are grateful for the support of Kiva lenders because they are not only gaining financial assistance but also they are building success. The Shalom Trust Bank sends their blessings.

In this group: Maria Victoria , Herlinda Eugenia , Catarina Noemi , Olivia Esmeralda , Juana Bautista , Mirna Lizbeth , Juana , Paulina Marleny , Petrona
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