A loan of $4,625 helped a member to buy fabric to make aprons for sale.

Azul Group's story

The Trust Bank, "Azul" meaning "blue" is located in the rural town of Chuicabit in the state of Quetzaltenango. Comprised of eleven enthusiastic women, the group was formed around four years ago. At least 88% of the women never attended school. Their average age is 35 years old. The ladies of "Azul" are involved in various kinds of businesses such as agriculture, commerce (buying and selling fruit and vegetables), and animal husbandry.

The current president of "Azul" is 31-year-old Irma. She has three children ranging in age from six to thirteen, each of whom is enrolled in primary school. Irma did not have the opportunity to study and she realizes how important education is for her children. She and her husband strive each day to provide the necessary things for their children, focusing on good nutrition and health as well as education.

Irma is a talented seamstress. She sews aprons and embroiders blouses. Her current goal is to buy a variety of fabrics to fill orders for aprons that she has received. Irma is anxious to secure another micro-loan from Friendship Bridge so that she can meet the increased demand that comes at this time of the year. She is on her 5th loan cycle. Irma points out that micro-loans are a great way to move ahead, especially in small rural communities of Guatemala.

Irma, along with the ten women of "Azul," wish to express their gratitude to all KIVA investors, who they feel bonded with because of these loans. The loans are especially important at this time of the year for each of the women because of the year-end holidays. The women wish all who are involved in KIVA much prosperity and happiness in the coming year.

In this group: Maria Dominga, Victoriana, Maria Concepcion, Elvira, Maria Cecilia, Irma Esthela, Maria Candelaria, Elena, Mariana De Jesus, Rosa Margarita, Maria Lucrecia

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