A loan of $3,625 helped a member to purchase 20 additional chickens and 2 pigs.

Tikal Group's story

The rural area of Chichicastenango is full of cultural traditions which are exemplified in the beautiful and colorful clothing of the area. Many of the eight women who form the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Tikal” create handmade textiles including ornate blouses called “huipiles”, and other creations. Other women work in animal husbandry.

Tomasa is a 38-year-old widow and is the Secretary of the Trust Bank. The group is in its third loan cycle. She has been a widow for eight years and works diligently to take care of the basic needs of her five children. Tomasa raises animals including chickens and pigs. She is quite happy to receive a new loan which she will use to purchase 20 additional chickens and 2 pigs. She will also buy feed to fatten them. Her dream is to increase her business, creating more income so that she can continue to support her family. As many of the women in the Friendship Bridge program, Tomasa wants her children to complete their education, something that she was unable to do. At the present time, one child attends the 2nd grade, two are in 4th grade, and the last one is in 6th grade. Tomasa only reached the 4th grade.

Tomasa shares that she enjoys being a part of this Trust Bank. She feels empowered because she participates in making decisions and has learned many new things. Each month at the meetings of the “Tikal” Trust Bank, the women receive trainings on subjects like money management, indebtedness, women’s health and hygiene and medicinal plants. Armed with these new tools, Tomasa and her fellow Trust Bank members face a more prosperous and happier future for themselves, their families, and their community in the rural area of Chichicastenango.

In this group: Anastasia, Maria, Petronila, Tomasa, Juana, Tomasa, Tomasa, Juana

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