A loan of $2,925 helped a member to purchase fabrics and various colors of high quality thread.

Las Costureras Group's story

“Las Costureras”, which means “The Seamstresses”, is the name of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank in Chichicastenango, Guatemala. There are nine women in the group and, as their name suggests, the majority of them are seamstresses. The ladies, who are friends and neighbors, are beginning their second loan cycle with Friendship Bridge. They are looking forward to improving their businesses and their quality of life.

Catarina, a 22-year-old member of the Trust Bank, is the mother of a beautiful girl who is just over a year old. She is the joy of her mother’s life! Catarina sews ornaments and trims to decorate typical blouses called “huipiles” (pronounced “we-pee-les”). She sells her work by the yard. As is the case with her fellow Trust Bank members, Catarina is beginning her second loan cycle. She plans to invest the loan in the purchase of fabrics and various colors of high quality thread. Her faithful and long time customers know that Catarina’s work is of very high quality and so they return to her repeatedly for new orders.

Catarina only reached the 6th grade and enjoys the monthly meetings with the Friendship Bridge Loan Officer. Besides making payments on their loans, the ladies participate in educational training sessions. A variety of topics are discussed, such as business and money management, women’s identity, leadership and self-esteem, as well as children’s and women’s health and rights. With the knowledge that the women gain, they feel more empowered and able to manage their businesses and their lives more successfully. It is the combination of the loans and the educational trainings that Friendship Bridge calls “Microcredit Plus”.

Catarina and the rest of the group are so appreciative and grateful that people from other parts of the world are interested in helping them help themselves. They look forward to a brighter future for themselves, their families and their community. Finally, they want KIVA investors to know that they send each person greetings from “The Land of Eternal Spring”....Guatemala!

In this group: Sebastiana, Catarina, Ana, Catarina Regina, Petronila, Maria, Maria, Marta, Cecilia

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