A loan of $4,325 helped a member to purchase a calf to fatten up and sell for a good price.

El Paraiso Group's story

Santa Clara La Laguna is a small community in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. It is known as “The land of baskets” because of the beautiful handwoven baskets that are locally made and then distributed throughout the country.

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “El Paraiso” meaning “Paradise” is located here. The group is composed of eight hardworking women who feel that they have a paradise of opportunities because of the loans that they are able to access, kindly funded by Kiva investors. The ladies are involved in various businesses like vegetable sales, animal husbandry and agriculture.

Petronila, a 32-year-old mother of three children, is the Secretary of the Trust Bank. She has had six years of formal education and realizes how important it is that her children attend school. Petronila has been working hard in her animal husbandry business to meet the monthly expenses of her family. She has had a lot of experience in this area and in the past has raised chickens, cattle and horses. Now, she is seeking a new loan that she will use to purchase a calf to fatten up and sell for a good price.

The Microcredit Plus Program of Friendship Bridge combines small loans and non-formal participatory education. In each of the monthly meetings, a Loan Officer presents relevant and useful information on effective business practices including budgeting, accounting and customer service. Other subjects covered include women’s rights, children’s education, nutrition and health and self-esteem. Petronila finds this last topic to be really beneficial for her as she is transforming herself into a successful and empowered woman!

Kiva investors are greatly valued by Petronila and her fellow Trust Bank members. The ladies of “El Paraiso” extend their thanks to each one of you who believe in them and generously fund their loans. They face a brighter tomorrow, empowered by their loans and education, which are so transformative for themselves, their families and their community of Santa Clara La Laguna!

In this group: Siona, Petronila, Rosa, Maria, Clara, Lesbia Azucena, Lucia, Clara

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