A loan of $2,650 helped a member to purchase additional materials for food production.


Casa De Jesus Group's story

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Casa de Jesus”, meaning “House of Jesus,” consists of ten hard-working women who live in the area of Zunil, Quetzaltenango. This area of Guatemala is in the highlands and can be very cold. It is an agricultural area and some of the best vegetables of the country are grown here. “Casa de Jesus” was formed just eight months ago, and the ladies are applying for their second loan cycle with Friendship Bridge. They intend to use the funds in their small businesses which include the sale of food (chicken, fruits, and vegetables) as well as everyday items including clothing and shoes.

Antonia is a 33-year-old mother of three children who is married to a bricklayer. She sells food including tortillas, fried chicken, and French fries! Her two young daughters are 10 and 12 years of age and although they attend school for part of the day, they help their mother after completing their homework. Antonia’s first loan helped her expand her business and now she wants to expand even more, and so she is applying for a second loan. She will use the funds to purchase additional materials for food production including gas to fry chicken and to make French fries. She wants to diversify her daily menu and will have to buy additional ingredients. Finally, Antonia plans to purchase more corn to produce more tortillas, which are usually made three times each day in Guatemala.

This hard-working woman shares with us that she returned to school and that this year, she is in the 4th grade. She firmly believes that it is never too late to learn and attend school on Sundays. Antonia dreams of completing primary school and then will evaluate her next step, which might be to move onward to the next level. However, her children are her first priority and she wants to see them attend college. For this reason, she will work diligently at her business, keeping her goals in mind.

All of the women of the Trust Bank's “Casa de Jesus” wish to express their appreciation for the opportunity to secure loans through Friendship Bridge. Without this vital capital, they would be unable to maintain and/or grow their businesses. They look forward to a better standard of living and a brighter future for themselves, their families, and their community of Zunil!

In this group: Cecilia Leticia , Rut Elizabeth , Imelda Beatriz , Antonia Everilda , Rosario , Olga Anastacia , Genoveva , Rosa Elizabeth , Azucena Leticia , Carmen
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