A loan of $2,700 helped a member to buy yarn and fabric in large quantities.

Celestial Group's story

The Celestial Trust Bank is located in the Pasach First Village in Cantel Quetzaltenango, northwest of Guatemala City. The Trust Bank is comprised of nine women who work hard every day, seeking better lives for themselves and their families. The businesses that these women are engaged in include making and selling typical clothing, wholesale sandals and embroidery, tailoring, and operating convenience stores.

49-year old Felisa is taking her fifth loan. Felisa never attended school. She has eight children (six boys and two girls) with her husband, who works as a day laborer. Felisa's business is both hand embroidery and machine embroidery, techniques that Felisa began learning from her family as a child. With her previous loans, Felisa has been able to buy three sewing machines for herself, her daughter in-law, and one of her sons. The three of them have started a small business, which has been a blessing for them because it generates income for all three of their families. Felisa is very satisfied with her efforts, as the profits from her business have ensured that her eldest children can remain in school through high school.

Felisa is happy to be taking a new loan with Friendship Bridge, as the new loan will help her to buy yarn and fabric in large quantities to meet the demand of three new potential clients. To sell the maximum amount of her products, Felisa regularly travels to another market, which is a huge handicraft market and the largest indigenous marketplace in Central America located about three hours away from her home.

Felisa is an active participant in Trust Bank loan repayment meetings and appreciates the informal education lessons delivered by Friendship Bridge each month. Felisa and the other women in the Celestial Trust Bank are able to share and comment on educational lessons ranging from business practices and money management to self-esteem, women’s rights, health and how to support their children’s education. These lessons not only provide the women with valuable information regarding their businesses and their families’ health but also foster a community of support among the women.

In this group: Feliciana , Rosa Maria , Elvira , Felisa Santiaga , Juana Antonia , Angelica Rebeca , Aura Hermelinda , Maria Fabiola , Miriam Amelia

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