A loan of $4,925 helped a member to purchase the highest quality of yarn.

Mujeres Las Estrellas Group's story

Eight enthusiastic and empowered women make up the Trust Bank, Mujeres Las Estrellas (The Stars Women). They run businesses that revolve around agriculture and textiles in the lush village of San Jose Chirijuyu, Chimaltenango. This is a rural area in Guatemala full of agriculture fields, including the sweet crop of strawberries.

Within the group we find Rosa, who is 54 years old and married to a farmer. Rosa did not have the opportunity to attend school, but she and her husband make every effort to keep their four children in school so they can have a better quality of life.

Rosa’s dream is that her children will go to college. Thanks to her hard work, they are well on their way as they have already graduated from high school! Like Rosa, the other members of the Trust Bank also are working hard for their children´s benefit. If they earn an income, their children can remain in school. The women who make up the Mujeres Las Estrellas Trust Bank have 28 children combined. They are excited about the positive impact on the community that their children will have if they all complete school!

Rosa is a determined businesswomen and, through the years, with loans and education from Friendship Bridge, she has grown her company to employ more than twenty artisans during the high season. Rosa is a weaver, like many women in Guatemala. She needed a unique offering to bring to the market so she started designing and developing a different kind of weaving. The design has become very popular. With the holiday season approaching, Rosa is proactively planning to ensure that she has enough products to meet the demands of this busy season. Rosa will invest this loan in purchasing the highest quality of yarn, allowing her to produce the fashion and color that her customers demand.

To sell the products, Rosa travels to four different cities that are located three to four hours away from her town. She has diversified her markets and now has exclusive clients to whom she sells her product on a weekly basis.

While Rosa is just one of the eight women who make up this Trust Bank, they are all just as determined. The women enjoy the monthly meetings in which a loan officer from Friendship Bridge delivers trainings and discussions about topics of interest, such as women's health, children’s rights, business administration, budgeting, and much more. It is a time for them to learn, laugh, and get support from the loan officer and their colleagues.

Rosa, on behalf of the Trust Bank, thanks Friendship Bridge and Kiva for the opportunity to have access to microcredit and education.

In this group: Rosa Odilia, Florinda, Liliana, Loida Celestina, Percida Hajaira, Encarnacion, Marta Maria, Angelica Maria*
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