A loan of $3,550 helped a member to purchase seedlings and fertilizer for her orchard and supplies for her textile business.

Mujeres Del Sector Terminal Group's story

Chichicastenango is quite famous for its huge and colorful native market that has been held two days each week for years. It not only draws the K'iche' Maya of the surrounding region but also vendors representing many of Guatemala’s linguistic groups such as the Ixil, Kaqchikel, Mam and others, each dressed in their traditional costume and speaking their own unique language. The market is a rich tapestry of costumes, color, dialects, smells and the smoke from the tradition of burning incense on the steps of the cathedral right in the middle of the market. The area is well-known as a rich agricultural area with prolific orchards of fruit trees. Peaches, plums, pears, and apricots are harvested and distributed throughout the country. In addition, many in the area work in textile production, creating the colorful and beautiful traditional costumes of the area.

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank Women Del Sector Terminal is located here and are about to begin their second loan cycle with Kiva. The eight women in the Trust Bank share that with their previous loan, they were able to realize tremendous benefits in their various businesses. The ladies have an average age of 31 years, average one year of formal education, and average five children in their families.

Eva is one of the youngest members of the Trust Bank. She is 24 years old with three years of formal education. Eva is the Secretary of the Trust Bank. She not only has a small fruit orchard but also a traditional textile business. Eva is requesting a loan to invest in her orchard and wants to purchase seedlings and fertilizer. She wants to also purchase supplies for her textile business. She is looking at her orchard in the long term as it does take time for trees to grow and bear fruit. In the meantime, her textile business will generate enough income for her to take care of her short term needs.

The women of the “Mujeres del Sector Terminal” Trust Bank and Eva understand the value of education. They work hard so that their children can gain access to a good education and a more prosperous future. At the same time, they benefit from the educational components of their monthly meetings when a Friendship Bridge Loan Officer facilitates participatory educational trainings on a variety of subjects like how to be a successful entrepreneur (accounting, budgeting, marketing, pricing, customer service), keeping a healthy household (nutrition, healthful practices, personal hygiene) and self-esteem. “Microcredit Plus” is the name of the effective combination of the small loans and education.

Eva and her friends in the Trust Bank thank Kiva investors for their kindness in funding their loans. They are determined to empower themselves and eliminate poverty in their lives. Thank you, Kiva investors!

In this group: Sebastiana , Sebastiana , Candelaria , Candelaria , Alicia , Rosa , Lucila , Eva

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