Two of Joaquina's four kids are in school, although she herself didn't make it past the second great and can only read a little bit (but she can sign her own name). Her husband works far away and she hasn't seen him for two years, but he faithfully helps with supporting the kids. Joaquina, however, has to take full responsibility for care of the kids. She's a member of the women's group "Flor de Nebaj".
Written by Nancy Lewis and Randy Fay, Kiva Fellows
About Friendship BridgeThis 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).
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