A loan of $1,975 helped a member to purchase additional thread and fabric.


Xecam En Victoria Group's story

The village of Xecam is located in a mountainous area in the western highlands of Guatemala. The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, “Xecam en Victoria,” is located here and consists of seven hardworking and enthusiastic women. They are beginning their second loan cycle with Friendship Bridge, funded by KIVA investors. Most of the ladies work in textile production, including embroidery and weaving, as well as animal husbandry. The income that these women earn is essential to the maintanence and well-being of their families.

Like all Trust Banks within the Friendship Bridge program, “Xecam en Victoria” has its own Board of Directors that consists of three women who are charged with leadership responsibilities. The President for this new loan cycle is Francisca, a 37-year-old woman who is the mother of five children. She is hardworking and divorced. Because of the income that she earns, Francisca is able to provide food, healthcare and education for her children. She is optimistic and confident that she will be able to sustain and grow her small business which involves the resale of traditional clothing. Because her business is doing well, Francisca is applying for her second loan cycle which she will use to purchase additional thread and fabric. She already has orders from potential clients as well as repeat clients in her own community.

Francisca is amazed and delighted that people from other parts of the world want to know her story and support her as well as the other six ladies in the Trust Bank. She truly appreciates the confidence of the KIVA investors. In her own words, "Women are able to change their lifestyle, but in order for that to happen, we need some help. It is so important for us to generate an income for our families. I so appreciate the kindness and support that Friendship Bridge and KIVA share with us.”

In this group: Paula , Lidia , Maria Francisca , Maria , Jeronima , Mariana Angelina , Carmen Patricia
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