A loan of $2,275 helped a member to buy fishing gear including hooks, nylon fishing line, baskets.

Las Gemelas Group's story

San Juan La Laguna in the department of Solola is a pretty, quiet Mayan town located on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan in the highlands of Guatemala. It is a town well known for its traditional natural dye techniques and striking textiles. It is here that the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Gemelas” or “The Twins” was just formed. The eight women in the group are just beginning their first loan cycle with Friendship Bridge. They have a variety of businesses including the sale of clothing and textiles, corn and seafood. One of them owns a Moto taxi called a “tuk tuk” which is a common form of transportation in many towns in Guatemala. The average age of the women is 33 years.

Paulina is a 23-year-old married woman who belongs to “Las Gemelas”. She has twin daughters and it is in their honor that the Trust Bank is called “Las Gemelas”. As her husband fishes every day, Paula sells seafood and is requesting a loan which she will use to expand her business. She plans to buy fishing gear including hooks, nylon fishing line, baskets, and other materials. Paulina tells us that the business is giving the family a pretty good income and also gives her the opportunity to continue with her education. She goes to school at night and is currently in the 9th grade. She is a great example that it is never too late to learn and improve oneself. She gets up early each morning to take care of her husband and their daughters, then goes to the market to sell seafood and then attends school at night.

The ladies of the Trust Bank enjoy getting together at their monthly meetings. During these meetings, a Friendship Bridge Loan Officer provides educational trainings on various subjects. The women are anxious to learn about topics like women’s health and hygiene, identity and leadership, and budgeting and business administration.

These dynamic women want to take the opportunity to express their gratitude to KIVA investors from all parts of the world who believe in them and their goals. The combination of small loans education and educational trainings is a pathway for the women to empower themselves and leave poverty behind. They will face a brighter future and raise their standard of living, benefiting themselves, their families and their community of San Juan La Laguna.

In this group: Paulina , Candida Dominga , Juana Socorro , Isabela , Monica Anarrita , Juana , Veronica Rosalia , Maria

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