This loan helps to buy onion and carrot seeds, as well as fertilizer and insecticide so that her harvest will be plentiful.
Sololá is a very busy town on a hillside overlooking Lake Atitlan in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. The people in the town are fiercely traditional, and both men and women wear the beautiful, traditional clothing that draws admiring glances from foreign travelers. The market here is especially big and wonderful.
Seven women have joined together to form the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, “Chuisequec”, in a rural area outside of the town called Concepción. They are on their third loan cycle with Kiva and are so very pleased to have seen the positive effect that the loans have had on their small businesses that have grown. Thank you, Kiva investors!
Rosario is the President of the Trust Bank; she was not able to attend school. However, her seven children are all enrolled in school. She is very happy about this, as she realizes that education is a vital key to a successful future. Rosario is a farmer and grows onions and carrots. She is requesting a loan that she will use to buy onion and carrot seeds, as well as fertilizer and insecticide so that her harvest will be plentiful. She wants to sell at the market both inside and outside her community.
It is an exciting time for the ladies when they meet once a month with a facilitator from Friendship Bridge. Kakchiquel is the name of the Maya dialect that is spoken here, and the facilitator will communicate with the women in this language that sounds nothing like Spanish.
With smiles on their faces, the ladies express their appreciation and greetings to Kiva investors. They send peace and friendship to all Kiva investors around the world. Thank you!