A loan of $2,400 helped a member to purchase necessary supplies including corn, lime, meat and potatoes for her food business.

Fuente De Bendicion Group's story

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, “Fuente de Bendición,” or “Fountain of Blessing” was formed some time ago by seven women in the town of Cantel, Quetzaltenango in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. This is an an area rich with dense vegetation where the vast majority of indigenous Maya work on small-scale farms.

The ladies of the Trust Bank are enthusiastic and motivated to work hard and improve their quality of life. María is a member of the group who has a food business. She sells “Garnachas,” a traditional Guatemalan appetizer made of meat or beans, chiles, sauce and cheese, as well as French fries. This 25-year-old hard-working lady joined the group to acquire capital for her small business and to purchase necessary supplies including corn, lime, meat and potatoes. She learned to cook from her mother, and after getting married, decided to open her own food business. She sells her delicious food in front of her house on weekends. María is an example of a successful woman, who along with her husband, supports her small three-year-old daughter. The couple is determined to focus on their goal of maintaining their new household and seeing their daughter complete her education.

María is happy to be a member of the Trust Bank and has been elected treasurer. She has the trust and support of the other ladies in the group. She is very enthusiastic, along with everyone in the Trust Bank, to acquire knowledge about how to improve her standard of living, take care of her family, and ensure the success of her small food business. Each month, a Friendship Bridge loan officer shares useful information with all of the women on how to effectively manage their loans, improve the health of their families and understand their rights as women. “Microcredit Plus” is the name that Friendship Bridge gives to this valuable combination of education and small loans.

It is nearly impossible for an indigenous woman to walk into a bank in Guatemala and request a loan. Non-governmental organizations like Friendship Bridge offer a valuable opportunity for impoverished women to empower themselves and move themselves, their families and their communities forward. Kiva lenders are most appreciated for their willingness and generosity in providing capital for loans. Thank you, Kiva lenders, from the seven women of the “Fuente de Bendición” Trust Bank!

In this group: Micaela, Teresa Amanda, Zoila De Jesus, Josefina, Maria Lucrecia, Floricelda, Ruth

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