A loan of $5,000 helped a member to purchase more fresh meat to sell, as there is much demand in the area.

Luz Del Camino Group's story

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Luz del Camino,” or “Light of the Road," is located in a rural area of Chichicastenango called Chuchipaca in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. There are ladies in the Trust Bank who have various businesses such as traditional textile production, convenience stores, and small orchards where they grow peaches and apples.

Lidia is a 23-year-old secretary of the Trust Bank who is married with one small daughter. She has a “carnicería” or a meat store located in the community that was begun by her family several years ago. Lidia, along with her mother, is the current owner of the business. She has applied for a loan that she will use to purchase more fresh meat, as there is much demand in the area. Her customers would rather buy from her rather than traveling to the center of the town. Lidia is quite happy that she has such a faithful clientele because she looks forward to increasing her income and improving the lifestyle of her family.

Lidia and the ladies in the Trust Bank are most aware of the value of education. Most of them have had little or no formal education. Lidia is unique in the group because she has had nine years of formal education. She wants her daughter to have access to many years of formal education and is committed to creating a positive and healthy environment for the little girl.

The women of the Trust Bank benefit from the educational component of their monthly meetings, when a Friendship Bridge Loan Officer shares valuable and practical information with them on how to successfully manage their loans, take care of their families, empower themselves and eliminate poverty in their lives. The combination of the educational piece and loans is what Friendship Bridge calls “Microcredit Plus.”

It is so important for these women to break the cycle of poverty and transform themselves and future generations of daughters, mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins and grandmothers. The “Microcredit Plus” program is a valuable way for the women of the “Luz del Camino” Trust Bank to light the road ahead and create a more prosperous future. Thank you, Kiva investors, for your generosity and kindness in funding these much-needed loans!

In this group: Juana , Lidia Lucrecia , Catarina , Maria, Anastasia , Juana , Rosa , Micaela , Tomasa , Anastasia

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