A loan of $1,825 helped a member to buy cooking stuff.

Mujeres Chimaltecas Group's story

“Buena Vista” is a small community just outside of the Department of Chimaltenango. Seven enthusiastic women, who are good friends and neighbors, are members of the Trust bank called “Mujeres Chimaltecas’.

The President of the Trust Bank is 44-year-old Maria Josefina. She is married with four children. Her husband works in construction. The couple is really pleased that they have been able to send their children to school. Two of their children have completed high school while the other two are in 5th and 9th grade. They have high hopes for each of them.

For many years, Maria Josefina worked as a street vendor selling food. A few years ago, she took a real step up when she contacted the manager of a nearby clothing store in hopes that she could sell her food there. Now, Maria Josefina is thrilled to have 100 regular customers who she serves daily meals to from Monday through Friday. She rises early to prepare for each day’s meals. Her hard work has paid off and she can count on a fixed monthly income. Her ultimate goal is to be self-sustaining and not in need of a loan.

Maria Josefina, as well as the other women in her Trust Bank, appreciates the financial support that generous people from other countries give them. In addition, they are happy with the informative trainings that Friendship Bridge provides on relevant topics like budgeting, business management, customer service, women’s health, self-esteem and children’s rights. The combination of a loan and education enables these women to move forward, creating a better life for themselves, their families and their communities.

In this group: Maria Del Carmen , Maria Victoria , Maria Carmen , Irma Catalina , Maria Josefina , Bertha Alicia , Marcela

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