A loan of $2,225 helped a member to invest in selling vegetables and ice cream cones.


Claveles Rojas Group's story

The Claveles Rojas (Red Carnations) Trust Bank is made up of seven industrious women from Patzun, Chimaltenango. Patzun is a community rich in agriculture and textiles; it also boasts beautiful landscapes as it is nestled in the central western region of Guatemala.

Women in the community wear traditional colorful outfits as they go about their daily lives. The women in the Claveles Rojas Trust Bank are hardworking and run businesses that include animal husbandry, agriculture and trade.

Jeniffer Aracely, a married women and mother of three, is one of the seven women who make up the Trust Bank. Her husband works in an aluminum factory in Guatemala City. Jeniffer has sold ice cream cones for seven years. Three months ago, she decided to use her sales skills more effectively and expand her business to selling vegetables. Five days a week she sells out of her home. Recently, she decided to rent a small space at the local market so she can sell to a new audience, two days a week. “My new business is going very well. Many customers return to me because I have good customer service. I learned a lot about customer service from Friendship Bridge along with other topics including pricing, budgeting and even women’s health,” explains Jeniffer.

On behalf of the Claveles Rojas Trust Bank, Jeniffer thanks the Kiva investors. “We appreciate the financial investment in our businesses and are excited as this helps improve the quality of our lives,” says Jeniffer.

In this group: Delcy Damaryz , Miriam Victoria , Aura Felisa , Jeniffer Aracely , Francis Johana , Marta Lidia , Edna Odiline



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