A loan of $3,725 helped a member to purchase fabric, zippers, thread, needles and other supplies for her textile business.

Las Solidarias Chucam Group's story

The town of Chucam is located in a rural area in Chichicastenango, in the western highlands of Guatemala. Eight women, who have a vision of eliminating poverty and leading empowered lives, have formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Solidarias de Chucam”. The ladies are involved in textile and handicraft businesses.

Elsa, a young 26-year-old woman, is the Treasurer of the Trust Bank. She has had seven years of formal education, but because of the lack of funds, she was unable to complete her schooling. However, Elsa is very aware of the importance of education, and wants her little daughter to receive a good one.

She works hard in her textile business, where she creates beautiful, typical blouses and purses that enjoy great demand.

For this reason, Elsa is requesting a loan from Friendship Bridge, along with the other women in the Trust Bank.

She will use her loan to purchase fabric, zippers, thread, needles and other supplies for her textile business. Elsa looks forward to selling her increased inventory at an Artesan’s Market near her community. Many tourists attend the market, and Elsa wants to have lots of inventory for them to choose from.

The women of the Trust Bank acquire additional tools to improve their personal and business lives from the educational components of their monthly meetings. A Friendship Bridge Loan Officer shares useful and timely information about effective business management practices (budgeting, accounting, customer service, over-indedtedness) as well as health, hygiene and nutrition. The ladies also learn about self-esteem, women’s rights and violence against women. “Microcredit Plus” is the name that Friendship Bridge gives to this combination, and it is one that truly works.

On behalf of the hard-working and motivated women in the Trust Bank, Elsa thanks Kiva investors for believing in them and funding their loans. They are committed to working diligently and keep their goals in sight! Thank you, Kiva investors!

In this group: Silvia, Josefa, Amalia, Juana, Ana, Elsa Maribel, Tomasa, Tomasa

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