A loan of $3,375 helped a member to purchase more seasonal fruits.

Chuimekena Group's story

Chuisuc is a rural community located in the busy town of Totonicapan Guatemala. The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, Chuimekena, is located here and consists of eight women who are involved in various businesses including fruit sales, firewood sales, weaving and animal husbandry.

Maria, a 48-year-old widowed mother of three, did not attend school due to the precarious situation of her family. She is proud to be supporting her children, one of whom will finish middle high this year. Maria sells fruit both at the wholesale and retail level in two different markets: the southern coast of Guatemala and the western area where she lives. Maria transports the products from her region to sell on the southern coast and then returns to sell in her area. She also creates a small amount of the beautiful traditional textiles of Totonicopan.

It has taken a few years for Maria to create this business and she is noticing that she is acquiring additional customers. Because of this expanded demand, Maria has decided to secure a loan from Friendship Bridge so she can purchase more seasonal produce such as apples, bananas, cantaloupe, papaya, peaches and pineapple.

Maria enjoys the monthly training which is a valuable component of the Friendship Bridge program. The ladies discuss topics like women's health, children's rights, business administration and financial administration (over-indebtedness, savings) and self-esteem.

The Trust Bank, Chuimekena, is very appreciative of Kiva investors, and the members send their greetings to all who are supporting them with these micro-loans for their business endeavors. With more education, support and empowerment, they face a brighter future for themselves, their families and their communities!

In this group: Maria Candelaria, Maria Victoria, Maria Martha, Josefina Rosario, Ana Maria, Juana Camila, Rosario Tomasa, Jaquelin Johana

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