A loan of $4,450 helped a member to purchase thread and cloth so that she can make clothes.

Francisquenses Group's story

San Francisco El Alto is a town located in the southwestern highlands of Guatemala. It is renowned for the production of high quality textiles and also serves as the commercial hub of the entire region. The Friday market, possibly the biggest in Central America, is quite popular and traders from all corners of Guatemala come here, many arriving the night before with some starting to sell by candlelight before dawn.

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, “Franciquenses”, meaning “people from San Francisco”, is located here and made up of ten women who range in age from 23 to 64 years. They all have a common goal, which is to improve not only their own lives, but those of their families.

Andrea is a 28-year-old member of the Trust Bank. She has had six years of formal education. She is a hard-working mother of three sons who she describes as “her reason for living”. Her ultimate goal is to offer them a better future and she works arduously day-by-day to make this a reality. Andrea, like 80% of the women in her Trust Bank, invests her loan in the purchase of thread and cloth so that she can create pants, jackets, sweatshirts and sweatpants, as well as other articles of clothing. Her father and her sister also assist Andrea in her work, with the expectation that there will be increased clientele with increased inventory. Everyone in the family will benefit.

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, “Franciquenses”, thanks KIVA investors for providing them with the capital in the form of their loans. The ladies want to share that they will work hard to take advantage of this valuable opportunity to move ahead and improve their lives. They look forward to sharing their stories with KIVA investors in the future. Thank you!

In this group: Manuela, Julia, Andrea, Magdalena Luisa, Maria Lorenza, Santos, Magdalena, Catalina Elvira, Francisca Victoriana, Andrea

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