Mujeres De Canamixtoj Group
Mujeres De Canamixtoj Group’s story
The Western Highlands are filled with small rural communities surrounded by forests, lakes and caves. Santa Cruz El Quiché is one of these towns and it is here that eight Maya K’iche women have joined together and formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres de Canamixtoj”. They are beginning their second loan cycle with Kiva. Six of the women raise animals (chickens, turkeys, pigs, cattle), another is a seamstress, while yet another sells pork.
Elena, who is 33 years old with a second-grade education, is the mother of two children who are 12 and 13 years old. They are in the fourth and fifth grades. Elena works hard to take care of their personal and educational needs. She raises and sells chickens, pigs and cattle. Elena is requesting a loan to buy a bull and chickens, as well as some new tomato plants. She believes that she can increase her income with the harvest and sale of her tomatoes.
The women learn a great deal at their monthly meetings about taking care of their families (nutrition, hygiene, health), themselves (women’s rights, empowerment, self-esteem) and their businesses (planning, investing, savings). The combination of small loans and education is called “Microcredit Plus” and it works!
Thank you, Kiva investors, for partnering with Friendship Bridge in this effort! You are greatly appreciated by Elena and her friends in the Trust Bank!
In this group: Elena , Juana, Isabel , Concepcion , Alva Marina , Magdalena , Magdalena , Santos
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About Friendship Bridge:
This loan is administered by Friendship Bridge (FB), a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that empowers thousands of impoverished Guatemalan women through its Microcredit Plus program. The program combines small loans averaging US$350 for four-to-twelve month loan terms with non-formal, participatory education.
As FB clients, women start, expand, or diversify their businesses and learn practical lessons on topics including business, health, and self-esteem. FB’s clients borrow as a group, forming Trust Banks (groups of 7-25 women who serve as co-guarantors of the loan and act as a self-regulating support network).