A loan of $5,175 helped a member to purchase colorful fabrics to make additional aprons.


Mujeres De Valor Quiche Group's story

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres del Valor Quiche,” meaning “Quiche Women of Worth,” is located in Northwest Guatemala in Santa Cruz del Quiche.The women proudly call themselves this because they value their strength and perseverance.

Celestina is a young 26-year-old single woman who is a member of the Trust Bank. She learned to weave and embroider when she was a child. Approximately one year ago, she decided to open her own small store where she sells aprons, called “delantales,” that she and one of her sisters make. The aprons are quite popular in her town and can be very elaborate, filled with beautiful embroidery and trim. Celestina also sells baby clothing, gifts, toys and many other things. She feels committed to supporting her family and providing income. She has eight siblings. This hardworking, young woman is requesting a new loan to purchase colorful fabrics to make additional aprons. She also wants to stock additional baby clothing. Finally, Celestina is thinking of selling the traditional skirts used by the indigenous women in Guatemala called “cortes.” They come in many colors and sizes.

Celestina is most grateful for the financial support provided by KIVA lenders as this not only gives her working capital but also other opportunities as well. Friendship Bridge offers monthly trainings for Celestina and her friends in the Trust Bank with their Microcredit Plus Program, a most useful combination of financial capital and education. In this way, Celestina and her fellow Trust Bank members face a brighter future for themselves, their families and their community. It is truly a “win-win” situation!

In this group: Rosa , Catarina , Celestina Angelica , Fermina , Maria Osorio , Juana , Cecilia Viviana , Juana



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