A loan of $4,375 helped a member to buy sugar, oil, pasta, rice, and more inventory for her store.

Femenil Group's story

The rural community of Xeabaj in the department of Chichicastenango, Guatemala is a lush green area filled with corn fields and thick forests. The pleasant smell of pine perfumes the air. This is the setting where eight women united to form a Friendship Bridge Trust Bank called “Femenil” meaning “female”. Most of the women are 29 years old, and each has a tremendous desire to excel in order to support their families and their community. They are eager to begin their third loan cycle, which will be funded by KIVA investors, with Friendship Bridge. The amount requested will be used in their businesses which range from animal husbandry, small stores for daily consumption, textile production, and the creation of beautiful, embroidered handmade items.

Petronila is one of the younger members of the Trust Bank. She is 19 years of age and has two children. Because of the scarcity of financial resources, she was unable to continue her education past the third grade. Like the other members of her Trust Bank, she knows that education is a vital key to a successful future and looks forward to watching her children attend school in the future. Petronila raises animals and also owns a small store for daily consumption items. She needs more items on the shelves of her store. She approached Friendship Bridge for a new loan of $615 which she will use to buy more sugar, rice, noodles, pasta, bread, oil, and water. In addition, she will purchase feed for the eleven turkeys that she is raising. She is most grateful to be a member of the “Femenil” Trust Bank for the working capital that is as necessary for her success as a business woman.

The women of the Trust Bank meet once each month with a Loan Officer or “Facilitadora” from Friendship Bridge. They not only make payments on their loans but also receive valuable trainings on subjects like women’s and children’s health and nutrition, family planning, money management and savings, women’s rights and self esteem. The ladies send many blessings to KIVA investors and gratitude for funding their loans.

In this group: Cristina Manuela , Anastasia , Jacinta , Juana , Silvia , Petronila , Tomasa , Tomasa

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