A loan of $4,075 helped a member to purchase thread for weaving traditional blouses, and to purchase cattle, chicken and feed.

Mujeres Las Cristalinas Group's story

The Maya Kakchikel women that form the group “Las Mujeres Cristalinas” come from Aldea Paraxquin. Paraxquin is a village located on the outskirts of Tecpán, a town widely known for its weavings.

Even though this group of women just requested their first loans, they have already developed a refined managerial skill, portfolio diversification. The vast majority of women engage in at least two economic activities. Most of the women work as weavers, ranchers and farmers.

The loans that are being requested are going to be used to buy thread to weave. In addition, they’ll be used to buy cattle, chickens and feed. Currently, investing in animal husbandry is an interesting option, because it is a very profitable activity. Plus, it allows the women to do other activities while raising the animals.

During the disbursement meeting, one could feel the excitement in the environment because the clients were thrilled about receiving their first loan from Friendship Bridge. For them, this loan signifies a window into a world of opportunities. Additionally, they know that if they solidify a good standing relationship with Friendship Bridge, it will allow them to access greater loans in the future.

Microfinance leads to many amazing things. Poor women are given an opportunity to succeed by providing them with credit. While, at the same time, they become an important part of the local economy. Economically active women become attractive to microfiance institutions that have to compete among each other to provide a better service to them. Many a promising advance has been accomplished and, thanks to your support, many more will happen.

In this group: Maria, Irma, Paula, Josefa, Maria, Alejandra, Juana, Bacilia, Victoria, Sebastian, Marta, Janeth, Sebastiana, Maria, Bacilia, Paulina, Bernarda, Juliana, Luisa, Herlinda, Lorenza

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