A loan of $5,250 helped a member to purchase a variety of good quality thread for making shawls.


Chutzoropence Group's story

The Guatemalan Highlands are a majestic part of Guatemala, characterized by a mountain range of volcanoes on the south side and tall mountains in the north. Chichicastenango is a large and colorful town located in the Highlands and it is well-known for its large weekly market, Mayan customs and traditions. Several years ago, the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Chutzoropence” meaning “People from Chutzorop” was formed here. Chutzorop is a small community, near Chichicastenango, where the principle language is the Mayan dialect of “Kiche”. Spanish is not spoken by many in the village. Tomasa is the 28-year-old President of the Trust Bank. She is married and has three children. Two of them are in school. Tomasa is honored to be President of the Trust Bank in this new loan cycle. She is pleased to practice her leadership skills. Tomasa has a textile business and creates shawls as well as the colorful and ornate traditional blouses called “huipiles” that the women wear from Chichicastenango. They are among the most beautiful in Guatemala. Tomasa is requesting a new loan from Friendship Bridge that she will use to purchase a variety of good quality thread as she wants to maintain the high quality of her business and increase her clientele. She delivers her inventory weekly and sells on a retail basis two days in the local market. The women understand the value of education and know that their children need to be in school in order to enjoy a better and more prosperous future. Participating in the Microcredit Plus Program of Friendship Bridge (small loans + non-formal education), the ladies learn about many useful and relevant subjects from a Loan Officer at their monthly meetings. Some of the topics discussed include violence against women and self-esteem, women’s and children’s rights as well as nutrition and health. In addition, subjects like effective business practices, customer service, budgeting and accounting are essential to insure the success of their small businesses. Tomasa feels honored that people from other parts of the world want to invest not only in her but also in the 10 other ladies in the Trust Bank. The women have formed a strong alliance and together, they are committed to making a real difference in the lives of their families and their community.

In this group: Juana , Tomasa Crecencia , Anastasia , Sebastiana , Manuela , Natalia , Manuela , Catarina , Candelaria , Sebastiana , Wendy Leticia
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