A loan of $2,800 helped a member to purchase additional quantities of beads and beading materials to make bracelets.

Luz Divina Group's story

“Divine Light” or “Luz Divina” is the name of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank located in rural Chichicastenango, Guatemala. The group, consisting of eleven women, was formally established two years ago. The ladies are applying for their second loan with Friendship Bridge. They are committed, enthusiastic and happy at the thought of additional capital to maintain and expand their businesses!

Sebastiana is the 32-year-old President of the Trust Bank; she has had two years of formal education, and is the mother of three children. Sebastiana fabricates beautiful bracelets with colorful beads. She is able to fill orders from current clients and is looking for additional clients at this time. Her husband helps her by selling her bracelets in fairs and bazaars along with glasses and hats. Sebastiana is applying for a new loan to purchase additional quantities of beads and beading materials. She shares with us that making bracelets is profitable and she is pleased to have this vital income. Her first priority is the education of her children as she realizes that education is a vital key to a successful future. She is happy that each of her children is enrolled in school.

Sebastiana and her fellow Trust Bank members learn a great deal in their monthly meetings with a loan officer from Friendship Bridge. Some of the topics covered include children’s education, women’s rights, business management, health, and self-esteem. Sebastiana smiles when she shares that “she and her children are learning together!”

All of the women of the “Luz Divina” Trust Bank express their gratitude to all KIVA investors who believe in them and invest through KIVA to Friendship Bridge. The combination of small loans and non-formal education is powerful and paves the road to a more successful and empowered future for these women, their families and their community!

In this group: Lucia Ventura, Ana, Sebastiana, Tomasa, Sebastiana, Jeronima, Isabel, Juana Francisca, Rosa, Isabela, Virgilia Manuela

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