A loan of $4,300 helped a member to buy a sewing machine.

Corazon Group's story

Mariela is a single woman, 23 years of age. She lives with her parents and several siblings in a rural area of Pachaj, Totonicapán, Guatemala.

Mariela is a weaver. She uses the ancient back-strap loom method, learned from her mother from a young age, to hand-weave a variety of products. She sells her pieces on the side of a road in a market that is about 20 minutes from her home.

Despite her young age, Mariela believes that she has overcome many challenges in her life. Although she was an outstanding student, family circumstances forced her to drop out of school in the sixth grade. She remains very positive and is focusing her energy and passion on building her business.

Mariela is so excited to have found Friendship Bridge. This will be her first loan cycle with the organization and her first experience with a microloan. With her new loan, she plans to buy a sewing machine to start a new garment business. Mariela says, "I am so happy to receive this loan, since it will ignite my dream."

Along with Mariela, eight additional women make up the Trust Bank Corazon (heart). These ladies meet once a month with Friendship Bridge staff to receive a participatory non-formal education, which will help to reinforce their knowledge in important aspects in daily life, such as women's health, self-esteem, hygiene, loan and business management and administration, among others.

Mariela indicates that she is very happy to be able to meet with her friends for these meetings over next 12 months (the length of the loan). Her loan will not only provide essential capital to start her dream business, but the participatory lessons will also allow her to continue her education.

In this group: Josefina, Antonia, Macaria Elena, Juana Francisca, Santa, Francisca Lucia, Mariela Yolanda, Bernarda, Catarina Maribel

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