A loan helped a member to buy 12 “cortes” or wrap around woven skirts as well as 500 lbs of used clothing that she will sell.

Las Orquideas De Sumpango Group's story

Women earn 10% of the world’s wages, and they invest up to 90% of their income into their families. This includes better nutrition, basic necessities, as well as education for their children. At Friendship Bridge, we find that providing education for children is a very high priority for our over 22,000 clients who understand that it is a path to a more successful life.

Nine women have organized the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Orquideas de Sumpango”. They have an average age of 36 years The ladies have various commercial endeavors including the sale of vegetables, fruit, pork as well as tortillas. Others buy and sell colorful, traditional clothing. The ladies sell their items both in the little town of Sumpango and also in a local market near the bigger town of Chimaltenango. Another lady has a convenience store where she stocks and sells items for everyday usage.

Maria is a member of the Trust Bank who is married and the mother of a 20-year-old son. Her son is studying at the university at this time and Maria is quite proud. She buys and sells fine quality traditional clothing and also sells used clothing. With the loan that she is requesting, Maria will buy 12 “cortes” or wrap around woven skirts as well as 500 lbs of used clothing that she will sell.

The yearly kite festival, held on the 1st and 2nd of November in Sumpango, draws tourists from all over the world. The giant and colorful kites are a patchwork of colorful papers with messages flown on these days to celebrate the “Days of the Dead”. The women of the “Orquideas” Trust Bank notice how many foreign visitors come to see the event.

The success of the “Microcredit Plus” Program of Friendship Bridge would not be possible without the interest and generosity of KIVA investors. Armed with their tools of education and small loans, the ladies of the “Orquideas” Trust Bank are poised to step into a brighter future, benefitting themselves, their families and their community in Sumpango, Guatemala. Thank you!

In this group: Maria Antonia, Irma Elizabeth, Maria Piedad, Sandra Lucrecia, Gloria, Maria Silvestra, Elsa Magaly, Mery Lina, Gisela

This loan is special because:

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

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