Los Toles Group
Josefa is one of these ladies. She is a 30-year-old mother of five children. Her youngest is six months of age and the oldest is 13 years old. Josefa got married when she was 17 years old and a few years ago, she noticed that her husband’s income was not enough for a large family.
Josefa has been a weaver since she was a child and learned this skill from her own mother. She has always made her own clothes. She decided that she would create an additional business to generate income. Josefa began to raise animals and currently has seven goats and fifty chickens. She realized that she needed a lot more funds to properly feed her animals and approached Friendship Bridge for a loan of USD 640. Josefa also would like to purchase two dozen additional chickens. With any remaining funds, she will buy more thread for her weaving business.
Josefa is quite proud of her achievements and tells us with a smile, "My opportunities were few when I was younger. Today, I realize that a loan can be most beneficial if we know how to manage it. In our monthly trainings with Friendship Bridge, we learn about effective business practices and management, as well as self-esteem, nutrition, and women’s health.”
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).
This is a Group Loan
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid