A loan of $3,225 helped a member buy supplies to increase production of textiles.

Brisas Group's story

Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Brisas”
Totonicapán is a busy highland town nestled in the mountains of the Sierra Madre Mountains in southwest Guatemala. Approximately 98% of the population are Mayan Kiche which is also the language that they speak. This town is renowned for textile production and when one travels to the weekly market, there are dozens of colorful and very beautiful “cortes” or typical skirts that the women wear. They also use this fabric to sew aprons and men’s shirts. There is a very high demand as the quality of the “cortes” or fabric is very high.
The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Brisas” was formed in Totonicapán several years ago and is composed of nine women. They are requesting a new loan with Friendship Bridge and will use the funds to boost their textile production. The ladies are successful with their businesses and have watched their clientele increase in recent years. Happily, they are earning additional income and the standard of living for their families.
The current President of the Trust Bank is 25 year old Alicia who makes beautiful, high quality aprons. Alicia is from a large family and has nine siblings. She is able to contribute to the family expenses which means a lot to her. This industrious young woman is requesting a loan which she will use to purchase additional fabrics. Her customers are very faithful to Alicia and love to purchase items from her. Alicia wants to take advantage of the high demand right now before Easter which is a huge celebration in Guatemala. But Alicia has bigger dreams and she just went back to high school to realize them. After graduating in the very near future, Alicia wants to attend college with the goal of being a lawyer. Her parents have been most supportive of her goals and she feels very fortunate.
On behalf of all the women n the Trust Bank, Alicia expresses gratitude to KIVA investors throughout the world. It is difficult and nearly impossible for a woman like Alicia to get a loan. Organizations like Friendship Bridge are a vital lifeline for impoverished women to empower themselves and eliminate poverty. The micro-credit program of Friendship Bridge, which not only includes loans but also educational trainings, offers them a most vital opportunity to face a brighter future benefiting themselves, their families and their town of Totonicapán.

In this group: Alicia Maria , Eva Micaela , Mirian Felipa , Celestina Caniz , Santos Cristina , Maria Juana , Santa Juliana , Santos Floridalma , Sabina Petrona

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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