A loan of $1,550 helped a member to buy necessary yarn and needles for her hand-knit sweater business.

Las Florecitas De San Cristobal Group's story

Seven hard-working women make up the "Little Flowers Trust Bank of San Cristobal" (Las Florecitas de San Cristobal). Together they have collaborated on two previous loans from Friendship Bridge and have bolstered their small businesses. This group represents a variety of industries: a knitting business, a local clothing store, a convenience store, and a local sewing business. With their previous loans, one member was able to double her sewing capacity by purchasing two more sewing machines and by hiring another employee.

With this new loan Doña Teresa (in the back row, second from the right), will be able to purchase necessary yarn and needles for her hand-knit sweater business. Having learned to knit as a child, Dona Teresa now has a life-time of experience and is able to help support her seven children. With school fees and the pressures of daily life in Guatemala, Teresa says that she has finally been able to “catch her breath” after receiving her first two loans. She feels that “there is a peace that comes from knowing where your money is going to come from.”

Along with Teresa, Las Florecitas de San Cristobal are excited to support their families, help pay for their children’s education, and even help one member finish building her house. As neighbors they will meet each month for repayments and financial education training with a Friendship Bridge facilitator.

In this group: Teresa, Catalina, Vilma Yesenia, Alma Virginia, Elisabeth Raxon, Jenny Paola, Irma Olga

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Lenders and lending teams

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