A loan of $3,700 helped a member to purchase quality thread and yarn in bulk.

Ukux Kem Group's story

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, “Ukux Kem” or “Heart of Weaving” is well-organized and strives every day to improve the well-being of their families. Sometimes it is a struggle, but they persevere because they know that a better future lies ahead for themselves and their families. The loans funded by Kiva investors and the educational trainings that they receive from Friendship Bridge are a vital key to their success. They are proud of their accomplishments.

The ten ladies of the Trust Bank recently completed a loan cycle with Friendship Bridge.

These loans were generously funded by Kiva investors. The women appreciate the generosity of Kiva investors. The ladies are truly honored that people from all parts of the world believe that the women of “Ukux Kem” can progress with the proper tools. Because of the success of the previous loan cycle, the group is requesting a new loan from Friendship Bridge funded by Kiva investors.

The Ukux Kem Trust Bank is aptly named, as the ladies weave and sell textiles like tablecloths, napkins and traditional shirts or “huipiles”, as well as the traditional skirts or “cortes”. Juana is a 59-year-old mother of five children and is widowed. She joined Friendship Bridge around five years ago. Juana was greatly relieved when she first found out that she was eligible for a loan, which she is using in her textile manufacturing business.

She will use the funds to produce more textiles such as the beautiful, traditional skirts called “cortes”, tablecloths and napkins. As the high-selling part of the year is approaching in November and December, Juana has requested a new loan, which she will use to purchase quality thread and yarn in bulk. She employs one of her children, and the pair work hard to make enough income to support the family. Juana makes delivery of her products at least twice per month. Because of her efforts, she is pleased to make her monthly loan payments on time and support her family.

Juana, along with the other members of the Trust Bank, are actively involved in the monthly educational training programs offered by Friendship Bridge. It is essential that the loans that the women receive be combined with these trainings that cover topics like business administration and indebtedness, women’s and children’s nutrition and health, as well as self-esteem.

In this group: Virginia Santa, Ana Cecilia, Juana Maria, Esteban Regina, Rosa Catarina, Francisca Serapia, Juana, Celestina Nazaria, Estefana Tomasa, Sotera Vicenta

Loan details

Lenders and lending teams

Loan details