A loan of $4,025 helped a member to purchase weaving supplies, including high-quality threads.

Chuipachaj Group's story

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank Chuipachaj (meaning “By the Trees” in the “Kiche” Mayan language) is happy and thankful to report that they have successfully concluded their previous loan cycle and are ready to begin a new one. They are most hopeful that KIVA lenders will again place their trust in the women, most of whom are weavers.

In the previous loan cycle, we shared a report on the President of the Trust Bank, whose name is Margarita. She is 39 years of age with two children. Thanks to her profits from her weaving business, she was not only able to cover the monthly expenses of the family but also able to send her daughter to college. This has been a dream for both mother and daughter. In addition, her son is enrolled in school. Margarita is requesting a new loan in order to purchase weaving supplies, including high-quality threads, for her business.

As she has been involved with Friendship Bridge for the past five years, Margarita has learned a great deal from the non-formal education segments of the monthly meetings. A Loan Officer from Friendship Bridge meets with the women and presents them with information about business management, budgeting and accounting, as well as information on children’s and women’s health and nutrition. Other topics include over-indebtedness and customer service. It is the combination of the loans and the non-formal education component that Friendship Bridge calls “Microcredit Plus."

Margarita and her fellow Trust Bank members send blessings and gratitude to KIVA lenders throughout the world. They want the lenders to know that the lenders are making a huge difference in their lives. They look forward to a brighter tomorrow as empowered women eliminating poverty!

In this group: Felipa, Margarita Julia, Guadalupe Lorenza, Marta Isabel*, Maria Luisa, Maria Magdalena, Maria Guadalupe, Petrona, Maria Paula, Margarita
*not pictured

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