A loan of $3,925 helped a member to buy 3 pigs, and thread for weaving.

Chucuxcabel Group's story

In the community of Patachaj, San Cristóbal Totonicapán, Guatemala, in December of 2011, a group of 13 entrepreneurial women decided to form the Chucuxcabel Trust Bank, which is now about to begin its second loan cycle. Most of the women in the Chucuxabel Trust Bank are engaged in animal husbandry, weaving, embroidery and garment making, among other activities.

One of the 13 women in this Trust Bank is Santos, a 33-year old mother of three (two boys and one girl). While Santos herself was never able to attend school, she is happy to share that two of her children are already in primary school, which makes her very proud. In addition to running a small weaving business, Santos is currently engaged in animal husbandry.

With her first loan from Friendship Bridge, Santos began raising pigs. She started small, with only one pig, which she eventually sold for money that she put towards her children's education. Thanks to this first loan, Santos was also able to save some money, which she plans to combine with her second loan from Friendship Bridge to buy three more pigs, as well as thread for her weaving. Before Friendship Bridge, Santos had been unable to receive loans from formal banks, due to of her lack of education. This severely limited her ability to run a successful business. Now, thanks to Friendship Bridge, Santos has access to working capital and is thankful for the opportunity to overcome her difficult situation.

Santos's dream is to see her business grow and provide more money for her family. She wants to, one day, have a bigger farm and build her own home (as she is currently renting). Santos meets with her Trust Bank once a month for training, where they participate in 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 Chucuxcabel 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: Santos , Pascasia , Josefina , Maria , Martina , Roberta , Rosa , Sebastiana , Ana , Santos Dionicia , Alberta Carmelita , Abelina , Maria Albertina

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