Manuela wants to secure a loan from Friendship Bridge to invest in her food business in order to increase the number of customers. She will use the funds to buy utensils and basic food items including grains because she wants to be sure that she has plenty of supplies when she is ready to make her delicious appetizers each weekend.
The ladies of the Trust Bank “Ajkay” have various businesses that include textile production, animal husbandry and stores where items for daily consumption are sold. During the monthly meetings, they meet with a Friendship Bridge Loan Officer who assists them with their loan cycle that lasts for ten months. The women also receive non-formal education trainings on subjects like women’s rights, leadership and self-esteem, as well as business management, indebtedness and accounting. Other themes include health, nutrition and medicinal plants.
The women of the Trust Bank are very grateful to have access to small loans and education because they realize that these are real tools that they can use to empower themselves, their families and their community. They express their appreciation to KIVA investors for providing them with the necessary capital to make their goals and dreams come true!
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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