A loan of $5,075 helped a member to buy larger quantities of corn to produce more tortillas and purchase vegetables to sell.


Paraje Tzancoral Group's story

Santa Lucia La Reforma, Totonicapan, is a town in the western highlands of Guatemala. The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Paraje Tzancoral”, is located here and consists of nine women, full of hope for a better and more prosperous future. They have joined the Trust Bank for their own personal development and to improve the lives of their families and community. The women are involved in various commercial ventures including the sale of everyday items including rice, beans, pasta, sugar and tortillas. Some work in animal husbandry and raise chickens, ducks, turkeys and pigs. Their husbands are mostly agricultural field workers who do not make enough to support the families and so the income that the ladies generate is very useful and valuable.

Catarina is a 54-year-old mother of five children. She sells tortillas, an indispensable food in the Guatemalan highlands, that is made from pure corn. Her business is progressing well and she wants to increase it even more. Catarina wants to sell vegetables in the same little storefront where she sells tortillas. She has applied for a loan which she will use to buy larger quantities of corn to produce more tortillas and purchase vegetables as well. Catarina has two employees in order to meet the demands in her customers. She is happy to be able to provide part-time employment so that her employees have an income to support their families.

The nine women of the “Paraje Tzancoral” Trust Bank thank KIVA investors for their generosity and confidence. The additional capital with the small loans combined with the monthly educational trainings on topics like effective business administration and budgeting offered by a Friendship Bridge Loan Officer provides the women with real tools to empower themselves. In this way, the ladies are facing a brighter and more prosperous future. Thank you!

In this group: Antonia Elizabeth , Timotea , Juana , Ana , Juana , Catarina , Maria , Isabel , Catarina



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