A loan of $2,650 helped a member to buy chicken food, seeds for farming, and laying hens.

Orquideas De Patzun Group's story

The eleven women who make up the Orquideas de Patzun (orchids of Patzun) Trust Bank have little formal education but have high hopes and are willing to take advantage of opportunities for personal and professional development that Friendship Bridge provides. They all live in the small town of Patzun Chimaltenango, a few hours from Guatemala City.

Each member of the Trust Bank has a business plan for their next loan. Maria Zenaida, 24 years old, has outlined a plan to enhance the products she sells in her community.

Like many Guatemalan women, Maria only has a few years of formal education. She completed the third grade before her mother abandoned the family and her father needed her help on the farm and to take care of her younger siblings. While growing up, Maria’s father taught her many lessons about agriculture. Today, Maria and her husband continue the family tradition of growing a variety of vegetables including cauliflower and broccoli. They have four young children at home; the eldest has just completed the first grade.

Maria married her husband at the age of 18. They were both working in agriculture so, together, they continued this practice. Years later, Maria, an enterprising woman, decided to expand their business into animal husbandry. Today, they own 25 chickens and two pigs. Through buying, raising and selling animals, Maria earns extra income for the family. With a new loan she will invest in feed for her chickens, seeds for their farm, and laying hens so she can begin selling eggs.

María’s dream is to continue to grow her businesses so she can support her expanding family. She is starting to plan for the future – she wants to transition the farm to her husband so she can open a clothing store and continue raising livestock.

Maria and the entire Orquideas de Patzun Trust Bank appreciates the support of Kiva investors. Without microcredit, many family development opportunities would not exist in rural communities of Guatemala.

In this group: Ceferina, Valeriana, Sara, Mauricia, Tomasa Xep, Tomasa, Florinda, Maria Zenaida, Lidia Marina, Wendy Melina, Blanca Estela

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