A loan of $4,475 helped a member to buy fabric and thread.


Luz Y Vida Group's story

In one of the rural areas of San Francisco El Alto, located in the western part of the department of Totonicapán, Guatemala, Mrs. Ceferina and her family strive every day looking for a better life. Ceferina, 40 years old, has seven children (two girls and five boys). She and her husband are dedicated to garments, including formal outfits, pants, sweat suits, and school uniforms, among others. Nine women including Ceferina formed the trust bank called Luz y Vida (Light and Life) in August last year. Each one of these ladies have paid back their loans successfully, and now they all are moving to a new loan cycle. The first loan was a huge boost for Ceferina’s business because it gave her three potential new clients, who are demanding considerable amounts of products. Ceferina and her husband have recently employed five people. They supply them with materials so they can finish making the products. That way Cerefina can cover all the demands of her customers. Ceferina did not hesitate to start a new loan cycle with Friendship Bridge Organization because she has more demand than usual for this time of the year. She will use this new loan to buy fabric and thread to distribute to her employees so they can start working on the existing orders. Ceferena is satisfied that she is able to support other people’s economy by giving jobs to these five people, who also have large families. Ceferina in turn appreciates the effort and dedication of people throughout the world who are supporting the progress of rural communities in Guatemala, where access to loans is limited, but there are people who trust and believe in them.

In this group: Maria , Esperanza , Aura Marina , Catarina Yolanda , Marta Dalila , Maria Marleny , Ceferina Micaela , Luisa Rosalia , Evelyn Viviana
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