A loan of $4,875 helped a member to buy livestock.

Nueva Vida Group's story

In a remote area in the mountains of Xetimamit, San Francisco El Alto located in the Guatemalan highlands, vibrantly green because of the first rains of winter, we met Maria. She is 50 years old and is married to a tailor. Maria has given birth to a total of 18 children but only 7 are alive. Maria is very proud of her surviving children, particularly because her older children (18, 15, 16 and 9 years old) have recently decided to return to primary school to get an education.

Maria became a Friendship Bridge client a couple of years ago because she was determined to make some money on her own to help with household expenses and to pay for her children’s education. With her first loan, she started a business raising chickens. Today Maria has 80 chickens and she employs 3 part-time employees. She is so proud to be able to support others.

A small part of Maria´s credit is invested in the production of sweatshirts, which her son and her husband produce. Thanks to Maria, her family is able to work together. Maria’s husband is so proud of her. One of Maria’s dreams is to have a large farm, where she not only raises chickens, but also can raise goats or even bulls, but for that she needs to make a little more income. It is towards this dream that Maria puts much time and effort in her current business.

Maria will use this new loan to buy more chickens… and a goat! Maria is currently the treasurer of her trust bank, Nueva Vida (new life), which is composed of nine women whose businesses range from raising livestock, to making garments, to general trading and other activities. This will be the group’s fourth loan cycle together.

In this group: Maria Leonza, Nolberta*, Florinda Isabel, Dominga, Margarita Esperanza, Lucia Maricela, Maria, Magdalena, Maria Susana
*not pictured

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