Total loan: $5,500

Seguidoras De Cristo Group

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Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy a sewing machine, fabrics, and thread.

Seguidoras De Cristo Group's story

Having access to family planning and birth control helps women like 27-year-old Matea take control of her life and empower herself. She is married but has no children. Matea participates in the “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge that includes monthly educational sessions about health, empowerment, nutrition, hygiene, and business. Matea shares, “The sessions have helped me improve my business and avoid over-indebtedness.” She has access to health care services and exams every other month through the “Health for Life” program of the organization. She is able to learn about birth control and obtain the birth control method of her choice. This is in direct contrast to what has happened in previous decades when women were uneducated about reproduction and had no access to birth control.

Matea is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Seguidoras de Cristo” or “Followers of Christ”. She is one of eight women in the group who have an average of six years of formal education. They have small restaurants, raise animals, and have textile businesses. Matea has worked hard at her own textile business. She has two sewing machines and although she only has six years of formal education, can keep track of her business expenses. She also has one employee. With a KIVA loan, Matea can buy an additional sewing machine, high quality thread and fabrics in various colors.

Thank you, KIVA investors!