A loan of $3,600 helped a member to buy supplies, including thread, for her weaving business.


Chuipachaj Group's story

The Trust Bank Chuipachaj (meaning “by the trees” in the Kiche Mayan language) is starting its sixth loan cycle with Friendship Bridge. This group is located in rural Totonicapan, Guatemala. The vast majority of the ten members are weavers. Their average age is 35 years. The Trust Bank is led by a Board of Directors who have elected Margarita as their President. She tells us that she has been associated with Friendship Bridge for the past four years. Margarita is 38 years old and married. She is quite proud that her previous loans have enabled her to earn enough to support her entire family. She is especially pleased that her children are able to attend school. Her oldest daughter graduated from high school two years ago where she studied medicine. As she has not been able to secure a job in the medical field, she has been helping Margarita with her textile business. Margarita dreams of sending her daughter to college in the coming year. Margarita is requesting a new loan to buy supplies, including thread, for her weaving business. She will work with her daughter to meet the demands of her customers and perhaps expand the business. There is enough money to pay for the household expenses. Both mother and daughter want to save some funds and open a pharmacy in her home or nearby. Margarita and her fellow Trust Bank members enjoy the informative and useful training programs given by Friendship Bridge each month. They learn about timely and useful topics that help them in their daily lives, including effective business practices, health and family issues and self-esteem. The women cherish their time together, hearing of the progress that each is making in her life. They are happy and thankful to receive a loan and express their gratitude to Kiva investors and Friendship Bridge.

In this group: Felipa , Margarita Julia , Rufina Maria , Guadalupe Lorenza , Marta Isabel , Maria Celestina , Maria Luisa , Maria Magdalena , Ana Lucia , Maria Guadalupe
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