A loan of $1,925 helped a member to buy yarn and fabric to make more shirts and t-shirts.

Las Girasoles Xenacoj Group's story

The Trust Bank, Las Girasoles Xenacoj or The Xenacoj Sunflowers, is a group of seven women. The group was established last year. This is their second loan cycle from Friendship Bridge. These ladies primarily work in the production and sale of textiles and fabrics.

Crisanta is a 55-year-old mother of four boys. She is preliterate because when she was young, her parents were unable to provide her with the opportunity to attend school. Her husband works in the masonry business. Crisanta works in fabric and textile production, which has been her business for quite some time. In addition, she purchases and sells textiles. Crisanta travels by bus to a market three hours from her home to sell not only her own products but those of her ten providers as well.

Crisanta is excited about the loan she is about to receive from Friendship Bridge. It will allow her to buy yarn and fabric to make more products. She is happy because two of her boys are enrolled in school this year, and one of them is about to start high school. Crisanta hopes to continue to support him so that he can graduate in two years.

Both Crisanta and the other ladies of the Trust Bank, Los Girasoles Xenacoj, enjoy the training that they receive during the monthly meeting with Friendship Bridge. They especially like the icebreaker, which they find is a real stress reliever. They find the educational topics beneficial as well, especially the one about children’s rights, which was the topic of last year’s November meeting. The women want to express their deep appreciation to Kiva investors. With these loans, they have a huge opportunity to realize significant changes in their lives.

In this group: Rosa Veronica, Doria Elsa, Maria Buenaventura, Francisca, Maria Piedad, Maria Crisanta, Ana Maribel

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