A loan of $3,900 helped a member to buy chickens.

Mujeres De Chuanoj Group's story

The Trust Bank, “Mujeres de Chuanoj” is located in Chuanoj, a rural area in Totonicapan, Guatemala. It was formed three years ago and has provided valuable opportunities for the ten women to access loans and education through Friendship Bridge. The women were able to either start, maintain or grow various businesses such as animal husbandry, retail sales (snacks, typical clothing) or weaving. In this way, they generate income to support their families.

Two of the members of the Trust Bank are new and one of them is 41-year-old Eufemia. She is widowed with four children. Before her husband died four years ago, Eufemia depended on him to provide financial support for the family. After his death, she needed to find a way to support herself and her children, two of whom are in school. She began to raise chickens and soon realized that her business could prosper with more investment. Eufemia learned of Friendship Bridge, attended meetings and requested her first loan! Currently, she has one dozen chickens that she sells in the local market. With her loan, Eufemia intends to purchase three dozen additional chickens as well as feed to fatten them. This industrious woman also is involved with textile design which is an additional way for her to generate income.

Eufemia is very confident that her business will prosper. She tells us that she feels blessed and happy with the opportunity to be a part of “Mujeres de Chuanoj”. In her own words, "It is not easy being a mother and father at the same time. As mothers, our children are our first priorities and we need to do everything possible to support and provide for them. This loan will greatly benefit my business and my family.”

In this group: Herlinda, Maria Juliana, Maria Marcela, Cecilia Evarista, Maria Manuela, Maria Julia, Glorieta Misheli, Ines Paulina, Maria Eufemia, Maria Jesus

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