A loan of $6,100 helped a member to buy yarns, dyes, and other materials to make typical skirts.

Santa Cecilia Group's story

In the Guatemalan highlands, there is a rural town called “Quiche” and it is here that twelve women have formed a Friendship Bridge Trust Bank called “Santa Cecilia”. Their average age is 36 years and the ladies work in textile production. They are talented artisans creating beautiful embroidered and woven textiles.

Cecilia is a 34-year-old member of the Trust Bank who attended elementary school for two years. Cecilia is requesting a loan from Friendship Bridge for the first time as she needs working capital. She will invest the funds in the purchase of yarns, dyes and other materials that she will use to create typical skirts called “cortes”. A corte is the traditional Mayan women's tube skirt that can be anywhere from three to six yards in length, usually woven on a treadle loom. Along with an ornate blouse called a “huipil”, the “corte” along with a belt called a “faja” are universal elements of each women’s traditional outfit or “traje”. Each village in Guatemala has its own specific style, color, and design of “traje”. Cecelia works with her husband and they generate enough income creating “cortes” to support their family. It is especially important to them that their children are enrolled in elementary school.

The ladies of the “Santa Cecilia” Trust Bank share a common goal which is to increase their income by expanding their businesses and improve their quality of life. Besides having access to loans, they receive educational trainings during their monthly meetings with a Friendship Bridge Loan Officer. It is the combination of the loans and educational trainings that comprises the Friendship Bridge Microcredit Plus Program. During their meeting this past month, the training was about leadership and women’s identity. The women learned how to identify the characteristics of a good leader and how each of them can develop their own leadership skills.

Examples of other topics include health, medicinal plants and nutrition, effective business management, budgeting and indebtedness as well as self-esteem.

In this group: Micaela , Marta Lucia , Elida Guadalupe , Maria Rosario , Maria Angelica , Virginia Leonor , Juana Victoria , Guadalupe , Cecilia , Sheyla Marleny , Estefana , Julia

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