A loan of $3,300 helped a member to buy vegetables in bulk.


Las Margaritas De Patzicia Group's story

Feliza, a 36-year-old single mother of three, is a member of the Las Margaritas de Patzicia Trust Bank, which is located in Patzicia, a community within Chimaltenango, Guatemala.

To support her family, Feliza and her children cultivate vegetables that she brings to the local market to sell.

Before having her own business, Feliza worked in other people's houses washing their clothes. Now she is very happy to run her own small business.

Feliza leaves her house very early in the morning to work in her fields, carrying her one-year old daughter on her back. Later in the morning she sells her vegetables. Feliza, who has had no formal education, believes that with a successful business, she will be able to support her children and provide them with a bright future.

Feliza has successfully completed her first loan with Friendship Bridge, a loan that helped her to continue running her business, as well as pay for household expenses and her children’s needs. Now Feliza is applying for her second loan, which she plans to use to buy vegetables in bulk, which will allow her to expand her business further. Feliza’s short-term dream is to devote herself to her vegetable business and provide a stable home for her children, allowing them to go to school.

Feliza’s Trust Bank, Las Margaritas Patzicia, is composed of eight women, most of whom are engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry. Together, they participate in monthly educational lessons on business, money management, self-esteem, women’s rights, health and how to support their children’s education. These lessons, combined with their loans, help them to provide a better life for themselves and their families. The women of Las Margaritas Patzicia are grateful for the people who trust in them, enabling them to obtain loans for their businesses and overcome the poverty that surrounds them.

In this group: Dominga , Maria , Argelia , Florinda , Magdalena , Cristy Carolina , Feliza , Silvia Veronica



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