Rayito De Luz Group
Doña Maria, the 32-year-old Treasurer of the group, has five children who range in age from 5 months to 16 years of age. Four of her children attend a local school. Doña Maria has a convenience store where she sells items for daily consumption. It has grown a lot in the past few years because of the previous loans she has received. She is requesting a new loan to purchase additional items for the inventory including oil, sugar, pasta, drinks, and other basic items.
As is the case with many of the ladies in the Trust Bank, Doña Maria has had only one year of formal education. She has taught herself to read and write and methodically carries out her duties as Treasurer. She has been greatly helped by the monthly educational trainings given by a Friendship Bridge Loan Officer on subjects like effective business practices, the prevention of over-indebtedness, customer service, and the value of children’s education.
Each of the women in the “Rayito de Luz” Trust Bank has a ray of hope for their future. They have already met some success in their businesses and look forward to continuing the journey as empowered women eliminating poverty. They are most appreciative of Kiva investors for believing in them and generously helping them out with their loans!
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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