A loan of $2,600 helped a member to purchase more medicines for her little pharmacy.

Chunima Group's story

Chunima is a small rural community located in a remote area of Chichicastenango, Guatemala. The community is difficult to get to as public transportation is scarce. Most people walk for many miles to get anywhere, including on main thoroughfares.

Recently in Chunima, a new Friendship Bridge Trust was formed consisting of nine ladies. The women honored their community by naming their Trust Bank Chunima. Their average age is 31 years and each averages three children. Most of them have only had two years of formal education. The ladies are very enthusiastic and excited because this is their very first loan cycle!

They understand that with careful planning and understanding of business and money practices, they will be able to grow their businesses. Besides learning about effective business management, they will receive other training during their monthly meetings given by Friendship Bridge staff on other topics like women’s leadership, women’s rights, identity and self esteem. Meetings are held in their own community of Chunima in their own native language.

Carmen has been elected President of the Trust Bank. She is 30 years old and since she has never held a position like this, she is a little nervous. But Carmen is also excited and is looking forward to being an efficient and informed officer. She is also requesting a loan which she will use to purchase more medicines for her little pharmacy which is a vital lifeline for this remote community. Carmen will also use part of her loan to purchase materials for creating fabrics.

The nine hardworking women of the Chunima Trust Bank are anticipating a brighter future armed with the micro-loans and educational training provided by Friendship Bridge. They know that they must work hard and keep their goals in focus. They express their gratitude to KIVA investors for their confidence and generosity in funding their loans.

In this group: Carmen Sebastiana , Rosita , Juana Florinda , Juana , Maria , Josefa , Maria , Rafaela , Tomasa
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