A loan of $3,000 helped a member to purchase ingredients to make snacks and to buy a bull.


Flor De Esperanza Group's story

The Trust Bank, “Flor de Esperanza” or “Flowers of Hope,” consists of 11 members who are applying for a new loan from Kiva, administered by Friendship Bridge. During the previous loan cycle, the women successfully made their monthly payments on time. In addition, they participated during their monthly training sessions and learned about women’s health, children’s rights and business administration. The trainings were taught by the staff of Friendship Bridge.

Previously, we reported about Gladys, one of the hardworking women who supports herself, her two daughters and her sick father. Gladys had a convenience store and connected well with her customers with her great personality and cheerful demeanor. With her previous loan, Gladys was also able to purchase pigs to fatten up and sell. Recently, she got a one-year job as a cleaning lady from an organization in her community. Because of this, she closed her store but continues to sell food and snacks called “refacciones” in the front yard of her home to local residents every weekend. At the current time, Gladys has requested an additional loan, which she will use to purchase additional ingredients to make snacks. She also plans to buy a bull to fatten up and sell.

Gladys is the secretary of the Board of Directors of the Trust Bank. She is hopeful that Kiva investors will decide to show their confidence in the group by providing the funds for a new loan cycle. She knows that the women in her group will act responsibly by making their monthly payments on time as they did in the previous loan cycle. She states, "On behalf of the group, I thank the many people around the world who have placed their trust in each of us. We appreciate the trust that they have in us and their thoughtfulness in saving some money to invest in our businesses. We know that we face a better and more prosperous future because of this. God bless them.”

In this group: Juana Cecilia , Teresa , Tomasa , Rosa Georgina , Gladys Maribel , Aura Marina , Norma Mercedes , Amalia , Juliana , Floridalma , Ingri Mariela *
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