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Total loan: $2,925

Generacion De Cambio Group

Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala / Services

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A loan helped to buy a sewing machine and fabric.

Generacion De Cambio Group's story

The President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Generacion de Cambio”, or “Generation of Change”, is Erika, who is 40 years of age. She has been divorced from her husband for 10 years and has three children, who are now over the age of 18. She used part of her income from her seamstress business to send each of them to the university. The last few years have been difficult for Ericka because her youngest daughter runs into health problems and has been receiving treatment.

Ericka sews covers for kitchen appliances, and she is requesting her second Kiva loan to buy a sewing machine and fabric.

Ericka studied computer science for two years at the university level. She is exceptional, as the average client who participates in the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services of Friendship Bridge has little or no formal education.

There are six other ladies in the Trust Bank who have businesses selling clothing from the U.S., food carts, and small tortilla shops. They learn about effective business practices (planning, budgeting, investing, saving) at their monthly meetings and also about health, hygiene, nutrition and the use of medicinal plants. Ericka particularly liked the trainings about savings, prioritizing expenses and making informed decisions before an emergency arises.

Kiva lenders are highly valued by these women, who live far away in the department/state of Quetzaltenango. Thank you!