A loan of $5,500 helped a member to buy high-quality thread in different colors.

Manzaneras Group's story

Chichicastenango is a rural place, full of color and tradition in western Guatemala. This place has a considerable number of inhabitants in rural areas. In one of these areas, the Trust Bank "Manzaneras" was established. Manzaneras means "women of the apple area." The group is composed by 9 beautiful women wearing their traditional outfits.

One of the members of the Manzaneras Trust Bank is Mrs. Juana. At 36 years old, she has zero years of formal education due to the financial situation of her family, and because education for girls was not important during her childhood. Juana is the mother of a baby girl who is a year old. Juana and her husband are working hard to offer a good future for their daughter.

Juana's business is the design, development, manufacturing and sale of textiles, especially the majestic traditional huipil, as well as shawls of different colors. Due to demand, Juana has seen the need to hire seven more people in order to take all orders. She provides necessary materials, and these people work from home. Juana is requesting a new loan through Friendship Bridge which she will use to buy threads of different colors, and of the highest quality so that her business continues to grow. It currently delivers orders once a month, and she sells by the dozen as well as individual units.

Juana has spent several years in this business, but until she joined the Friendship Bridge, the business was unable grow because she could not always maintain inventory of materials. Juana also enjoys the trainings delivered once a month by a Friendship Bridge loan officer as part of its program of Micro Credit Plus, which includes loans and non-formal education. During trainings, women learn about empowerment and decision making. For that reason, Juana enjoys leadership development and is currently the president of the group.

All women of the Trust Bank Manzaneras appreciate the confidence of the Kiva lenders granting them loans to invest in their businesses.

In this group: Maria , Juana , Juana , Anastasia , Francisca , Manuela , Francisca , Alicia , Maria

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