A loan of $3,700 helped a member to buy rice, sugar, oil, noodles, beans, etc.

Bendicion Barrio De La Paz Group's story

Quetzaltenango, located in the highlands of Guatemala, is the second largest city in the country. In one of its neighborhoods, a Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, called “Bendición Barrio de la Paz" or “Blessed Neighborhood of Peace” was formed and consists of ten Maya-Kiché women. The ladies work in various commercial ventures including a “tortilleria” or a storefront where tortillas are freshly made three times each day and a store for daily consumption. Still other women work in agricultural endeavors and grow vegetables. The ladies are quite excited because it is almost time for them to secure their second loan which they will use to expand their businesses and support their families.

Maria is a 42-year-old member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank. She is a businesswoman who wants to improve her life and leave poverty behind. She has a mill where she makes “nixtamal” which is usually made from dried corn that is soaked in a mixture of water and a mineral called calcium hydroxide. The mineral adds important nutrients to the corn, making it easier to digest. In addition, Maria has a small store where she sells items for daily consumption. She wants to expand her inventory in the store and so she is applying for a loan with Friendship Bridge which she will use to buy items like sugar, rice, noodles, beans, oil, and a variety of other things such as snackfoods.

Maria is happy to be a member of Friendship Bridge because, besides having the opportunity to secure a loan, she expands her knowledge with the educational trainings offered at the monthly meetings by a Friendship Bridge Loan Officer. In a recent meeting, Maria, along with the other ladies in her group, learned about the use of medicinal plants. The group also gains valuable and useful information about effective business practices and indebtedness so that they can be smart and successful businesswomen.

The ladies have recently learned about Kiva and are aware of the kind and generous investors who read about them and their dreams. The small loans combined with the educational trainings are so beneficial to these women. Maria and the nine Trust Bank members of “Bendición Barrio de la Paz" face a brighter and more empowered future which will benefit not only them but their families and their community as well!

In this group: Amalia, Maria Concepcion, Magdalena, Juana, Isabel, Brenda Karina, Vilma Olivia, Maria, Eleuteria*, Juana Leticia
*not pictured

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