A loan of $1,950 helped a member to purchase more medicines and increase the inventory of her pharmacy.


Orquideas Visitecas Group's story

Santa Maria Visitacion is a rural community in Guatemala and recently, a new Friendship Bridge Trust Bank was formed here called “Orquideas Visitecas” meaning “Visiteca Orchids”. The group consists of eight women whose average age is 29 years. One of the leaders of the Trust Bank is 18-year-old Magdalena. After graduating from high school and failing in her search for a job, Magdalena opened a pharmacy. Soon after, she found herself pregnant and a single mom. Since her business is progressing well, she wants to improve it even more and so, she is requesting a loan to invest additional capital to purchase more medicines and increase her inventory. Madgalena has received valuable and relevant educational training about medicines. She is associated with two medical professionals in the community. Her customers will avail themselves of the expertise of the three of them. This will be especially important in cases of emergency. Magdalena, along with the seven other ladies of “Orqideas Visitecas”, is looking forward with great anticipation to their monthly meetings with a Loan Officer from Friendship Bridge. They not only make repayments on their loans but also receive training on topics like women’s identity and leadership, Marketing and business administration, as well as health and self-esteem. The women are hungry to learn about these subjects and more, so that they can more fully educate and develop themselves. Magdalena and The “Orquideas Visitecas” Trust Bank wishes to express their gratitude to KIVA investors for their confidence and their belief that the women can climb out of poverty with a loan and education. Armed with these tools, the women can step into a more prosperous future, benefiting themselves, their families, and their community of Santa Maria Visitacion.

In this group: Francisca , Magdalena , Oneyda Berfalia , Isabel Lucrecia , Francisca Paulina , Ana , Nydia Dalila , Hebe
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