A loan of $1,825 helped a member to purchase thread and dye.

Catalinas Ixtahuacan Group's story

Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán is a town located in the highlands of Guatemala. Ixtahuacán is a word in the Mayan Kiche language that means “plain to cultivate." Almost half of the population of this town lives in poverty that has a tremendous effect on children and women. There are few opportunities for development.

Seven hardworking and motivated ladies are hopeful for a better and more prosperous future and have joined together to form the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Catalinas Ixtahuacan.” They are requesting a loan that they will use for their textile and agricultural businesses with the goal of improving their standard of living.

A Friendship Bridge Loan Officer meets with the women at their monthly meetings. Besides conducting business transactions, the Loan Officer presents educational training and the ladies can immediately put the newly acquired information to work in their lives. They are eager to learn about effective business practices, budgeting, and accounting. The women also learn about hygiene, health and medicinal plants. Other relevant subjects include nutrition, self esteem, and women’s rights.

Manuela is an active and enthusiastic member of the Trust Bank. She has a textile business and creates beautiful traditional skirts called “cortes.” Actually, she shares this responsibility with her family and her husband and children work with her. Manuela has requested a loan which she will use to purchase thread and dye. She looks forward to increased sales to her neighbors and clients in nearby villages and will work hard to create the designs that they choose.

The ladies of the Trust Bank extend their gratitude and appreciation to Kiva investors for helping them achieve their dreams. They anticipate a more prosperous future because of the tools that they are acquiring now with the loans and education.

In this group: Salustia Beltran, Milca Rosalinda, Ofelia, Manuela, Catarina, Antonia*, Manuela
*not pictured

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