A loan helped a member to buy a large quantity of high quality thread.

San Francisco Group's story

When an uneducated 50-year-old Maya Kaqchikel woman, like Diega, participates in the Friendship Bridge Microcredit Plus program of loans, education and health care services, she feels empowered and hopeful. Diega is a married mother of eight children, 9 to 30 years old. The three older ones have a primary school education.

She started sewing traditional clothing 15 years ago, embroidering colorful traditional blouses, ”huipiles,” by machine. To keep up with orders that she delivers to the large market in Solola, Diega has two employees who are able to help support their own families. She is currently requesting a Kiva loan to buy a large quantity of high quality thread.

There are nine Maya Kaqchikel women, including Diega, in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “San Francisco” located in a rural area in the department/state of Solola. The ladies have traditional textile and beaded jewelry businesses. They are quite excited to attend monthly meetings and are hungry for knowledge about how to manage their businesses best, care for themselves and their families and other topics. These are designed by a Facilitator who uses role playing, games, pictures and diagrams to share information. Every two months, they look forward to a visit by a traveling nurse who offers all kinds of consults, services and exams like PAP smears, blood pressure and blood sugar checks and family planning consults. (The child in the photograph is the son of a borrower who authorized her son to appear in it).

Thank you.

In this group: Sandra , Cruz , Yesica Griselda , Victoria , Diega , Francisca , Juana , Glorinda , Maria

This loan is special because:

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

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