A loan of $4,100 helped a member to purchase pigs for her pork selling business.


Celestial Group's story

Kiva partners with Friendship Bridge in Guatemala to offer microloans and a little education to impoverished women so that with their own efforts, the women can lift themselves, their families, and communities out of poverty. The ladies are organized into Trust Banks and meet with a Trust Bank Loan Officer from Friendship Bridge once a month. It is a win-win situation and there are numerous success stories.

One year ago, the Celestial Trust Bank, located in Pasach First Village in Cantel Quetzaltenango, received its first loan, funded by Kiva investors. The loans were of great value to the nine members and their businesses benefitted. Currently, the women are applying for an additional loan and are requesting the support of Kiva investors throughout the world who can help them with this request. The Trust Bank has grown to 14 members whose average age is 32 years. The women are engaged in various types of businesses including retail sales (items for daily consumption, bakery items, livestock, and meat) as well as embroidery and textile production.

Cristina is a 25-year-old married woman who is a new member of the Trust Bank. She has two young children and one is already attending primary school. Her other child is still too young. Cristina’s husband is a hard-working mason who lacks work at the present time. Cristina began her business of selling pork one year ago. The business is doing quite well, but she would like to expand. She joined the Celestial Trust Bank in order to secure a loan with Friendship Bridge which she will use to purchase four pigs to meet current demand. As the construction business is quite slow in the current economic climate in Guatemala, Christina holds the vision that her business will grow and she will become the main breadwinner of the family.

The Celestrial Trust Bank expresses gratitude to all Kiva investors. They are so pleased to be able to secure these loans, expand their businesses, and provide additional income for their families. They value the supportive relationships that they have with their fellow Trust Bank members. They all look forward to a brighter future, one in which they have the necessary tools for success!

In this group: Elvira , Felisa Santiaga , Juana Antonia , Hilda Marcela , Angelica Rebeca , Aura Hermelinda , Maria Fabiola , Miriam Amelia , Maria Floridalma , Florencia , Maria Andrea , Cristina Isabel , Ingrid Abigail , Angela Maria



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