A loan of $4,425 helped a member to buy more corn in bulk and more vegetables to sell.


Los Tzoc Group's story

The small rural village of Los Tzoc is located in the department of Quiche, in the northwestern area of Guatemala. There are nine women in this Los Tzoc Group trust bank, who enjoy working together and supporting each other. They are requesting a new loan with Kiva and Friendship Bridge, which would be the fourth loan for the group. The loans will help them with their business endeavors, which include animal husbandry (chickens, pigs and sheep), textiles (weaving, selling clothes), and small commercial ventures (selling vegetables and tortillas).

Alicia is a 30-year-old mother of four children, whose dream is to work hard and help her family to progress successfully into the future. She works with her husband in their two businesses. Alicia owns a tortilla business and, along with her husband, she buys and resells vegetables. The couple has eight employees and is looking forward to expanding their businesses. Alicia is in need of additional financial capital, in order to buy more corn in bulk and more vegetables to sell.

Alicia and the rest of the women in Los Tzoc Group are very excited and proud to be involved in this trust bank. They look forward to their monthly meetings, where they share experiences and make payments. They also enjoy the educational topics provided by Friendship Bridge and receive valuable information about business management, budgets, expenses, and women’s and children’s rights. Most of the information is new to them, as their average educational level is the third grade.

The trust bank, Los Tzoc Group, wishes to express their gratitude for their previous loans and their anticipated additional loan. The combination of the loan funded by Kiva lenders, and the training and education from Friendship Bridge, helps them to look forward to a more profitable and secure future for themselves, their families and community.

In this group: Maria , Manuela , Tomasa , Micaela , Jacinta , Alicia , Olga Janet , Silvia Aureliana , Silvia Paticia



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