A loan helped a member to increase her inventory of traditional wrap-around skirts, “cortes”, and blouses, “huipiles”.


Buena Esperanza Group's story

Friendship Bridge is a field partner of Kiva in Guatemala. With the many loans provided by Kiva investors, Friendship Bridge is able to provide numerous beneficial loans to many of the 22,000 clients of the organization.

Yolanda is 35 years old, Maya Kaqchikel, and a member of the Trust Bank “Buena Esperanza” (Good Hope). Like so many Maya women in Guatemala, Yolanda did not have the opportunity to go to school. But, she is making sure her six children have an education as she realizes how important it is.

Yolanda has a small business selling traditional clothing. She meets her clients’ needs by offering her products on a commission basis. Because of this service, she needs to increase her inventory of clothing. Therefore, she is asking Friendship Bridge for a loan to increase her inventory of traditional wrap-around skirts, “cortes”, and blouses, “huipiles”.

Each month, Yolanda and the other members of Buena Esperanza meet to repay their loans. At that time, they also have the opportunity to participate in educational sessions with the Friendship Bridge facilitator, who provides beneficial information on topics the women can use on a daily basis. The facilitator uses charts, diagrams, photos, role-playing, and games to help the women learn, since most of them do not speak Spanish and never have learned to read and write. Some lessons feature tools to manage their businesses.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for providing the loans that help the women of Buena Esperanza move into 2016 with great hope for prosperity and success!

In this group: Lucrecia, Aura Marina, Maria Ana Victoria, Ofelia, Yolanda, Berta, Maria, Marta Julia, Maria Estela, Maria Asuncion


This loan is special because:

It is supplemented by in-depth trainings on business, health and self-esteem.



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