A loan of $2,100 helped a member to buy some chickens, and corn.

Las Manzanas Group's story

Silvia is part of the Las Manzanas, a group from the rural community of Patzún, Chimaltenango, located in the central region of Guatemala. This area is known for their large avocado plantations, as well as their colorful dress. Many women weave red, yellow, and purple huipiles. Las Manzanas, is a group filled with energetic women, ready to take on the challenges of the business world. When asked if they liked being a member of the group, with all smiles, the answer was a unanimous “Yes".

Silvia, though shy at first, actively engaged in trying to solve her personal and business problems with the support of her group. Recently widowed and having her only son live an hour away, Silvia found herself at an impasse. She had been a housewife all her life. Occasionally, she had some chickens that she sold in a nearby market, but she never thought she would one day be without her husband. Though she says that at first she struggled, she got up and decided to start, not one business, but two. Barely six months after losing her husband, Silvia has a small animal husbandry business, as well as a tortilla bakery. She currently runs them both from her home but says she hopes to one day find small shop where she can sell her tortillas. Having proven to herself that she can do it on her own, she seems more confident that her future is bright.

Silvia is so proud to have found Friendship Bridge on her way. It is giving her an opportunity to have a loan so she could increase her two businesses, and so to make a living. This loan will help Silvia to buy some chickens, and to buy corn for her tortilleria business.

The trust bank Las Manzanas, appreciate the hand up that the KIVA investors are giving them, because this will help them, therefore also their families.

In this group: Saida Lourdes, Nelida Argentina*, Rosa, Maria Florentina, Juana Macaria, Juana, Juana, Maria Agripina, Irma Yolanda, Silvia
*not pictured

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