Total loan: $3,250

La Reforma Group

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San Cristobal Totonicapan , Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to purchase a large quantity of high-quality yarn as well as dye to color the yarns.

La Reforma Group's story

A woman empowered through Friendship Bridge manages to benefit an average of three other people: family, employees and community members.

Erika, 30, is a wife and the mother of five children (6 months to 14). Three of her children study at the secondary level and the two little ones go to primary school. Erika envisions and wishes to build a better future for her and her family. To help her husband with household expenses, she started a traditional textile business a few years ago. Erika employs two people, who work on looms and make six typical skirts weekly. For her part, she is dedicated to fixing and tying the thread. Thanks to this income, her employees can support their own families. Erika applies for a fourth Kiva loan to purchase a large quantity of high-quality yarn as well as dye to color the yarns.

Women participating in Puente de Amistad's Microcredit Plus program (loans, education, medical care) have little or no formal education. Erika and the other six Maya K'iche women from the Puente de Amistad's “La Reforma” community bank live in a rural area in the department (state) of Totonicapán. They understand the value of a good education and work hard to get their children to school. During the monthly training, they learn about topics important to their life that include business, family, health and women.

The helping hand between moneylenders of Kiva and Friendship Bridge opens doors to a brighter future!