A loan of $5,725 helped a member to purchase all kinds of thread, yarn, and fabric.

Macadamia Group's story

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Macadamia” located in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and is composed of eight ladies who have an excellent track record of making their payments on time! They have decided to apply for another loan with Friendship Bridge and are hopeful that Kiva investors will fund the loans.

Olga is a 38-year-old married mother of four children and works hard to meet their needs. At a young age she learned about tailoring and has perfected her skills throughout the years. She mainly sews blouses. This is the second loan cycle for this industrious woman. Olga plans to use the funds to purchase materials for her business including all kinds of thread, yarn and fabric. She wants to be able to complete all her current orders and increase her business. In order to meet the demand of her customers, Olga works along with four of her family members in the business. Additionally, she employs three other ladies from the community. This hard-working group is able to produce 120 blouses each week! The benefit of the loans has had a huge impact on Olga and her family as her children is able to attend school. She wants to see them graduate from high school and attend college. Her husband shares this dream as well. The couple wants to make improvements on their home as well.

All of the women of the Trust Bank enjoy the educational trainings given at their monthly meetings by a Friendship Bridge Loan Officer. They look forward to learning new information in this new loan cycle. Some of the topics covered include nutrition, health and personal hygiene, effective business practices (accounting, budgeting, money management, sales) as well as self-esteem. Olga especially enjoyed the training about women’s identity and leadership.

The entire “Macadamia” Trust Bank extends greetings and appreciation to KIVA investors. Armed with the loans and education, they are able to create a better and more prosperous future for themselves, their families and their community. Thank you KIVA investors!

In this group: Raquela Susana, Maria Del Rosario, Margarita Antonia, Sandra Floridalma, Olga Leticia, Damaris Sarai, Marilena, Nicolasa

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