A loan of $3,450 helped a member to buy fabric to make children's clothing.

Sendero De Luz Group's story

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Sendero de Luz”, meaning “Path of Light”, is starting its second loan cycle. The group is located in San Francisco El Alto in the state of Totonicapán in the highlands of Guatemala. There are 10 women in the Trust Bank, which is run by a Board of Directors. Many of the ladies are involved with textile production and tailoring. Several work with their husbands and the businesses have become family enterprises.

The requested loans will benefit small micro entrepreneurs like Irma who is the President of the “Sendero de Luz” Trust Bank. She is 35 years of age and has five children who range in age from four to twelve. Along with her husband, Irma is a tailor and the couple makes children’s clothing ranging in size from 2-8. She will use her loan to purchase good quality fabric from wholesalers and transform it into pants, sweatpants, shirts and other apparel. Irma sells her products by the dozen in two nearby markets. She is pleased that she is able to provide good support for her family.

In addition to receiving loans, Irma and the rest of the ladies receive monthly training from a Friendship Bridge Loan Officer on topics like business administration, budgeting and marketing, accounting and customer service. Other subjects presented include health, nutrition and medicinal plants, women’s and children’s rights, and self-esteem. As many of the women have had little or no education, this training is quite valuable and relevant.

On behalf of her fellow Trust Bank members, Irma thanks Kiva investors for their confidence and generosity in providing these much-needed loans. Empowered by the training from Friendship Bridge and the loans from Kiva investors, the 10 women of the “Sendero de Luz” Trust Bank can step more confidently into a brighter tomorrow. They, along with their families and community, will benefit!

In this group: Santos Margarita , Irma Catarina , Maria Rumalda , Maria , Micaela , Sebastiana , Maria Petronila , Lucia Elizabeth , Florencia , Julia Victoria
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