A loan of $5,600 helped a member to purchase additional chickens so she can expand her clientele.

Ventura Group's story

Chichicastenango is a well-known town in the Western Highlands of Guatemala and home to the traditional and proud “Maya-Kiché” who have a rich cultural history. Their economy is based on agriculture, animal husbandry and traditional textile production. Fruit produced from this fertile area includes peaches, pears, plums and apples.

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank's “Ventura” Group was formed some time ago by 10 women who want to improve their standard of living and eliminate poverty in their lives. They are dedicated to their businesses and motivated to help support their families. The President of the Trust Bank is 32-year-old Manuela. She is married and has nine children. Manuela is quite pleased that five of them are in school as she understands the importance of education. She works hard two days each week selling chickens when the large local market is held. Her earnings enable her to support her nuclear family. Manuela is requesting a new loan in order to purchase additional chickens so she can expand her clientele. She is also looking forward to increased earnings.

The educational training sessions that are part of the monthly meetings with a Friendship Bridge Loan Officer are of great use to the women. The ladies enjoy learning and discussing topics like business administration and money management, women’s identity and leadership as well as self esteem. They learn a lot during this training and also from the experiences and opinions of their friends in the Trust Bank. Friendship Bridge has given the name “Microcredit Plus” to this combination of loans and education. It is a partnership that yields very positive results for the women.

The ladies of the Trust Bank's “Ventura” Group thank each Kiva investor who enables them to have access to a microcredit loan which not only benefits them and their families but also their community in Chichicastenango. Empowered with small loans and education, they step into a brighter future with confidence and determination. Thank you, Kiva investors!

In this group: Lucia, Maria, Manuela, Zoila Josefina, Rosita Macario, Lucia Macario, Manuela, Micaela, Micaela, Manuela Teresa

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