A loan of $2,975 helped a member to purchase raw materials for her textile business.


Bella Flor Group's story

Women throughout the world like to feel beautiful, just because they are women. The ten women of the trust bank “Bella Flor” or beautiful flower feel just this way. Their village is called Santiago Zamora in Sacatepéquez, Guatemala. This group was formed 5 years ago, but over time some people left the group and new members have joined. Rosa is a very enthusiastic and active 43-year-old married woman with five children. She is pleased and proud that each of them attends school. Her first child is in the 10th grade and she happily anticipates his graduation from high school. Rosa, herself, was a teacher for three years and then her contract expired. She searched for another teaching position, but unable to secure one, she decided to enter the textile business. Currently, she is in her 4th loan cycle and employs five workers. She plans to invest her loan in the purchase of raw materials as she has increased demand with new customers. As the president of the “Bella Flor” trust bank, Rosa encourages her fellow members to confidently move forward. She places a great deal of emphasis on the responsibility that each member has with Friendship Bridge. Rosa is most appreciative of her own loan and the impact it has made in her life. Her feelings are shared by her fellow trust bank members. In her own words: “Thanks to everyone who has been so generous in giving us a loan. This loan really helps us in our daily lives. Together with our husbands, we can make progress for ourselves, our families and our community.”

In this group: Rosa Maria , Lesbia Catalina , Maria Jeronima , Maria Santiago , Maria Marylena , Florinda , Maria Angela , Maria Julia , Maria Lidia , Angelica Ester
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