Las Costureras Group
Catarina, a 22-year-old member of the Trust Bank, is the mother of a beautiful girl who is just over a year old. She is the joy of her mother’s life! Catarina sews ornaments and trims to decorate typical blouses called “huipiles” (pronounced “we-pee-les”). She sells her work by the yard. As is the case with her fellow Trust Bank members, Catarina is beginning her second loan cycle. She plans to invest the loan in the purchase of fabrics and various colors of high quality thread. Her faithful and long time customers know that Catarina’s work is of very high quality and so they return to her repeatedly for new orders.
Catarina only reached the 6th grade and enjoys the monthly meetings with the Friendship Bridge Loan Officer. Besides making payments on their loans, the ladies participate in educational training sessions. A variety of topics are discussed, such as business and money management, women’s identity, leadership and self-esteem, as well as children’s and women’s health and rights. With the knowledge that the women gain, they feel more empowered and able to manage their businesses and their lives more successfully. It is the combination of the loans and the educational trainings that Friendship Bridge calls “Microcredit Plus”.
Catarina and the rest of the group are so appreciative and grateful that people from other parts of the world are interested in helping them help themselves. They look forward to a brighter future for themselves, their families and their community. Finally, they want KIVA investors to know that they send each person greetings from “The Land of Eternal Spring”....Guatemala!
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