A loan of $4,475 helped a member to buy different fabrics and thread.

Vision Group's story

In June, 2012, the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank Vision received a loan through Friendship Bridge funded by Kiva investors. Last May, the group successfully paid it back in full! Currently, the twelve members of the Trust Bank are requesting an additional loan, funded by Kiva investors through Friendship Bridge.

This Trust bank is located in the hills of San Francisco El Alto in the department of Totonicapan, Guatemala. The local economy thrives on hundreds of small family-owned and operated clothing fabricators. People in the area are also engaged in weaving as well as animal husbandry.

Florinda is a 40-year-old married member of the Trust Bank. She has six children who range in age from 7 months to 15 years. Florinda and her husband are both tailors and produce tee-shirts. Due to high demand, Florinda is requesting a new loan which she will use to invest in a new sewing machine. It is important for her to keep her production line moving. Florinda is so grateful to have access to working capital which not only benefits her but also her family. She realizes the importance of education and wants to keep her children in school.

The ladies of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank Vision have created a strong circle of support with each other. In each monthly meeting, they emphasize the confidence and accountability that they have with one another. Their goal to continue together for many more loan cycles and maintain an excellent credit record. In addition, they are gaining a lot of useful knowledge each month with the Friendship Bridge Loan Officer who presents various educational trainings on relevant and useful themes like money management and budgeting, nutrition and health, women’s rights and self-esteem. It is the combination of the loans and education that makes the Microcredit Plus Program of Friendship Bridge so useful for the women. They can step into a more prosperous, successful and educated future, ensuring that future generations will not have the same struggles as they have experienced. They want to share that they are very grateful to Kiva investors for believing in them and funding their loans.

In this group: Florinda, Marta Vicenta, Alicia Susana, Cecilia, Juana, Encarnacion, Isabel Reyna, Maria, Sebastiana Teresa, Santos Irma, Rosa Virginia, Tomasa

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