A loan of $2,675 helped a member to buy notebooks, books and other school supplies to sell.


Catalinas Group's story

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.

In this group: Catarina , Magdalena , Sebastiana , Ramos , Manuela , Marta , Lidia Lucrecia , Maricela
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