A loan of $6,075 helped a member to buy inventory for her store..


Mujeres De Chucaja Group's story

The small village of Chucaja is found in the department of El Quiché in western Guatemala. The population of this area is mainly involved in agriculture and animal husbandry. Some work in handicrafts and textiles.

The Trust Bank, “Mujeres de Chucaja,” is located in this village. The average age of these women is 41 and they each have about three children. The women have had less than two years of education. They speak the local language of K’iche and most do not speak Spanish at all.

Lucia is the current President of the Trust Bank. She is a 29-year-old single mother of a beautiful one-year-old daughter. She is determined to see a bright future for her daughter and this motivates her to strive forward. Friendship Bridge has been of great value in Lucia’s life as it has allowed her to grow her business. She owns a little store where she sells items for daily consumption. With the new loan that Lucia is requesting, she will purchase more items for her store such as rice, noodles, sugar, salt, oil, soft drinks, and juices. She is sensitive to the wishes of her customers and wants to have plenty of products on the shelves. Lucia also raises chickens and pigs. With her loan, she will be able to purchase more chickens, fatten them up, and sell them in the local market.

Lucia is an effective and enthusiastic leader. The women in the group are lively and dynamic during their monthly meetings. They are happy to participate and eager to receive trainings on topics like effective business administration practices, women’s health, and self-esteem. All the women of “Mujeres de Chucaja” express their appreciation to each KIVA investor for their generosity and their confidence. They are committed to making prompt payments on their loans and look forward to a brighter future for themselves, their families and their community.

In this group: Patrocinia , Rosa , Lucia , Josefa , Tomasa , Maria , Hortencia Valeria , Sebastiana , Sebastiana , Catalina , Antonia
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