A loan of $4,150 helped a member to purchase additional inventory of items for daily consumption, including rice, beans, flour, oatmeal, noodles, coffee and drinks.

La Esperanza Group's story

In a rural area in the highlands of northwest Guatemala, the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “La Esperanza”, meaning “Hope”, is located about 20 minutes from the town of Quiche. The group consists of ten women, with an average age of 33 years and an average of 3 children per person. The Trust Bank is starting its 4th loan cycle with Friendship Bridge. It is run by a Board of Directors. Most of the women are involved in textile and handicraft production.

Elena, a married 28-year-old woman with two children, is the current treasurer. She owns a small convenience store which enables her to generate enough income to support her small family. Education is a priority for Elena and she is pleased that her two children are attending the 4th and 6th grades. This energetic lady is requesting a loan in order to increase her inventory and intends to purchase additional quantities of items for daily consumption including rice, beans, flour, oatmeal, noodles, coffee and drinks. When asked why she likes being a part of Friendship Bridge, Elena responded that she likes the non-formal educational trainings that a Loan Officer gives each month at the meetings. Relevant topics discussed include women’s leadership, rights and identity, discrimination, self-esteem as well as nutrition, health and medicinal plants.

The women of the “La Esperanza” Trust Bank appreciate the kindness and generosity of KIVA investors who provide capital for their loans. They face brighter and more successful tomorrows with their loans and education. We look forward to providing a follow-up report on their progress!

In this group: Rosa Elena, Simiona Virginia, Modesta, Juana, Marcelina, Elena Cecilia, Zoila Francisca, Feliciana, Apolinaria, Juana

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