A loan helped a member to buy the latest styles of blouses, pants and traditional wrap around, tube skirts called “cortes”.


Mujeres Caridad Group's story

Nine Maya Kaqchikel ladies have formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Caridad” in Chimaltenango. They have gone to school for an average of three years. The women are mainly farmers growing beans and corn while a small percentage have businesses selling clothing, pastries, and pharmacy items. They are on their first loan cycle with Kiva.

Dora, a member of the group, is the 44-year-old mother of two children (8,13). They are enrolled in school. Dora has various businesses and for this loan cycle, she is requesting a loan to invest in clothing. She will invest the funds to buy the latest styles of blouses, pants and traditional wrap around, tube skirts called “cortes”. Her goals are to expand her business to other markets and increase her earnings.

The ladies look forward to their monthly meetings when they make payments on their loans and participate in educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program (loans + education) of Friendship Bridge. A Facilitator, who uses role playing and games, pictures and diagrams, shares relevant and useful information about an aspect of four main subjects: business, health, family, women. The women eagerly participate in these trainings and empower themselves!

Thank you, Kiva lenders, for believing in women like Dora and her friends in the Trust Bank. They are making real differences in their lives and those of their families!

In this group: Irma Yolanda, Berta Consuelo, Yolanda, Maria Elena, Paulina, Roselia Griselda, Marta Alicia, Dora Maria, Monica Saturnina


This loan is special because:

Clients receive in-depth trainings on business, health, over-indebtedness, and self-esteem.



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