A loan of $4,525 helped a member to purchase maize in large quantities.

Mujeres Patzuneras Group's story

Martina belongs to Mujeres Patzuneras Trust Bank, along with 15 more women. She is 42 years old, married to a mason named Lorenzo, and lives in Patzun, Chimaltenango, which is located in Guatemala’s central highlands. Lorenzo and Martina have five girls, three of whom are in school. The girls’ ages range from nine months old to 22 years old.

Martina is by nature a weaver and embroiderer, techniques that she learned from her mother when she was a child, as is custom in most indigenous communities in Guatemala.

Martina joined Friendship Bridge six months ago for her first loan, which she used to start a new business – making and selling tortillas. She rents a small store to sell her tortillas. The store is located in the center of Patzun, which is about 10 minutes from her home. Martina’s business is going well and she has applied for a new loan, which she will use to purchase maize in large quantities for her tortilla-making business and thread in bulk for her embroidery.

Martina runs her tortilla business from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. She also weaves and embroiders when she has time. Martina is very excited about this new loan, because it will give her the opportunity to make an income and support her daughters’ education. One of her daughters, Norma, is in the ninth grade and wants to study accounting. Martina never attended school, but she understands the importance of education for the family’s and community’s development, so she encourages her girls to stay in school.

Martina is determined to see her new business grow so that she can employ at least two women. She also wants to start selling tomatoes and some vegetables along with tortillas (in the same spot).

In this group: Emiliana , Odilia , Martina , Dionicia , Deifi Pricila , Martina , Vicenta , Elizabeth , Maria Cristina , Aura Leticia , Lesbia Ester , Juana , Florentina , Norma Patricia , Miriam Elizabeth , Berta
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