A loan of $2,850 helped a member invest in a greater quantity and range of products.

Lucianitas Santa Lucia Group 2's story

The town of Santa Lucia is the town where all the members of the group are born. They like their town because it is quiet and safe. There is never any violence or other negative things happening. Even though they know each other well, there is never time to chat to each other. This is because these women are overwhelmed with the household chores such as preparing meals for the entire family, washing clothes, working, etc. For that reason, these women are very happy with the repayment meetings and the informal education training Friendship Bridge offers to all the clients.

The members of the group work in various businesses such as raising animals, administering a small restaurant, administering a beauty salon, administering a school for hair stylists, and selling fruit at the market of Sololá. Hilaria invited her daughter and niece to the group. These two young and modern women sell jewelry to acquaintances in Sololá. They are able to take care of their expenses while attending school with the revenue from their business. This aspect of their work is very encouraging. This means that, through microfinance, a woman can pay her expenses throughout school without relying on anybody else.

Faustina, the group leader, tells me she raises small pigs until they are big, and then they are sold to an intermediary who always buys the pigs from her and her sisters, who are members of another trust bank.

Another group member, Aura, who is 8 months pregnant, wants to invest her credit in buying an extra chair for her beauty salon. This way she can teach more people how to cut hair. She tells me with a smile how more young people cut and style their hair than before. In the past, women grew their hair since they were young. Cutting their hair wasn’t the fashion then. Instead, they just trimmed it a couple of inches.

The women formed the group after they had a visit from one of the loan officers called Catarina. They hope to be able maintain this pleasant path of improving their lives. Because some of them only went to school when they were kids, they would really like to be able to provide their own children a better future through education.

In this group: Faustina, Hilaria, Candida, Sara, Carina, Maria, Aura, Juana

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