A loan of $1,700 helped a member to invest in corn seed, fertilizer, and insecticides.

Tejedoras De Panimatzalam Group's story

Panimatzalam is a rural community with a very small population in the state of Sololá in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. As the soil is quite fertile, most of the population works in agriculture producing snow peas, brocoli, tomatoes, and corn.

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Las Tejedoras de Panimatzalam” is located here and is made up of seven women who are requesting a new loan. Most of the women work in agricultural endeavors and a few are involved in textile production, creating some of the beautiful, traditional clothing of the area. The ladies have an average of six years of education.

Mirna is a 27-year-old single member of the Trust Bank who studies in the university. She is motivated to work hard as her goal is to complete her studies within a short period of time. Mirna wants to improve her quality of life and is requesting a loan which she will invest in corn seed, fertilizer, and insecticides as well as the purchase of some laying hens so that she can sell eggs in her community.

At the monthly meetings of the Trust Bank, a Friendship Bridge Loan Officer conducts educational trainings on relevant and useful subjects. The women are eager to learn about effective business practices including accounting and budgeting. They also learn about health, native plants, and nutrition.

This will be the first loan cycle for the Trust Bank and the women are very excited and enthusiastic about this big step that they are about to take! They feel that they have the energy and perseverance to improve their personal and business lives. The ladies are so happy and hopeful for a better future for themselves, their families and their community. They have made a promise to be responsible and pay back their loans. Each of the women extends their heartfelt thanks to KIVA investors for believing in them and providing the capital for their loans!

In this group: Juana Blanca, Mirna Leticia, Cayetana Leonor, Josefa, Sandra Isabel, Nicolasa, Maria Victoria

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