Check out some available loans that are similar to this one!
Catalinas Group
In this Group: Catarina , Magdalena , Sebastiana , Ramos , Manuela , Marta , Lidia Lucrecia , Maricela
Santa Catarina Palopo, is known as the “blue town” because of the rich and beautiful color of the traditional textiles worn there. It is full of friendly and hardworking women, men and children. It is one of the smaller towns in the department of Sololá in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. The women of Santa Catarina work in various businesses including textile production, weaving and small businesses like mini bookstores and shops for the sale of items for daily consumption.

Several years ago, a group of women united together and formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Catalinas” meaning “women of Santa Catarina. Currently, there are eight women in the group with the goal of creating their own solutions as successful entrepreneurs thereby overcoming poverty.

Lidia is a 27 year old married woman with four children, who range in age from four to twelve years old. Although she only had one year of formal education, Lidia is keenly aware that her children need to have as much education as possible so that they can enjoy a successful future. This is a common desire among the clients of Friendship Bridge. Her oldest child will start the 7th grade next year while the others will continue in elementary school. Lidia is an enterprising woman who decided two years ago to start a bookstore business located in a small room of her own house. She lives right in the center of Santa Catarina Palopo and there is a lot of foot traffic past her business. Lidia is applying for a new loan with Friendship Bridge as she needs more financial capital for her business. She will use the funds to purchase inventory for her bookstore, especially various types and sizes of notebooks, books and other school supplies. Lidia wants to be well-prepared to have the necessary school supplies so that when parents visit her shop at the beginning of the year, her store will be fully stocked.

All of the women of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Catalinas” send an affectionate greeting to KIVA investors during this holiday season. They hope that the New Year is full of blessings and good health for all.

Additional Information

About Friendship Bridge

This loan is administered by Friendship Bridge (FB), a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that empowers thousands of impoverished Guatemalan women through its Microcredit Plus program. The program combines small loans averaging US$350 for four-to-twelve month loan terms with non-formal, participatory education.

As FB clients, women start, expand, or diversify their businesses and learn practical lessons on topics including business, health, and self-esteem. FB’s clients borrow as a group, forming Trust Banks (groups of 7-25 women who serve as co-guarantors of the loan and act as a self-regulating support network).

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.


About Guatemala

  • $5,300
    Average annual income
  • 49
    View loans »
    Guatemala Loans Fundraising
  • $12,572,075
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 7.9
    Guatemala Quetzales (GTQ) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Catalinas Group's $2,675 loan helped a member to buy notebooks, books and other school supplies to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 11, 2013
Dec 21, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 17, 2014