A loan of $4,300 helped a member to buy animal feed and two dozen chickens.

Los Toles Group's story

The Trust Bank, “Los Toles”, is located in a rural area of Quiche, in western Guatemala. It is composed of nine women who are amazed that there are kind people from other parts of the world who generously supply capital for small loans.

Josefa is one of these ladies. She is a 30-year-old mother of five children. Her youngest is six months of age and the oldest is 13 years old. Josefa got married when she was 17 years old and a few years ago, she noticed that her husband’s income was not enough for a large family.

Josefa has been a weaver since she was a child and learned this skill from her own mother. She has always made her own clothes. She decided that she would create an additional business to generate income. Josefa began to raise animals and currently has seven goats and fifty chickens. She realized that she needed a lot more funds to properly feed her animals and approached Friendship Bridge for a loan of USD 640. Josefa also would like to purchase two dozen additional chickens. With any remaining funds, she will buy more thread for her weaving business.

Josefa is quite proud of her achievements and tells us with a smile, "My opportunities were few when I was younger. Today, I realize that a loan can be most beneficial if we know how to manage it. In our monthly trainings with Friendship Bridge, we learn about effective business practices and management, as well as self-esteem, nutrition, and women’s health.”

In this group: Josefa, Manuela, Micaela, Tomasa, Cristina, Isabel, Sebastiana, Rafaela, Juana

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