A loan of $4,300 helped a member to purchase a many kinds of fruit and transform it into icy treats.

Uvas Group's story

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Uvas” or “Grapes” is located in a neighborhood in the second largest city in Guatemala called Quetzaltenango. There are 11 women in the Trust Bank who are quite pleased and excited to begin another loan cycle with Friendship Bridge. They have various small businesses that they are sustaining and expanding.

Berta is a 25-year-old married member of the Trust Bank. She has one son who is 16 months old. Along with her husband, Berta is very hard-working as the goal of the couple is to provide a better life for their son and future children. Recently, she began her business which involves the manufacture and sale of a variety of iced fruit popsicles that she sells three days each week from her home and also in a nearby school. Berta is very excited to be requesting her first loan from Friendship Bridge which she will use to purchase a many kinds of fruit and transform it into icy treats. Her goal is to expand her business so that her popsicles will be more in demand.

Friendship Bridge strongly believes that loans must be accompanied by non-formal educational trainings for the over 20,000 women who are clients of the organization. This is called “Microcredit Plus.” A Friendship Bridge Loan Officer meets monthly with the women of each Trust Bank and shares information on useful and relevant topics like nutrition, hygiene and health, women’s rights and self esteem as well as effective business practices and budgeting. Because most of the ladies have had little or no education, they are very excited to learn all that they can. They also realize how essential a good education is for their children.

Speaking on behalf of the 10 other women in the “Uvas” Trust Bank, Berta expresses appreciation to KIVA investors for their kindness and generosity in providing capital for their much-needed loans. Armed with their new tools, the ladies are poised to step into a brighter future, benefitting themselves, their families and their community!

In this group: Etelvina , Marlen Cecilia , Jennifer Yesenia , Maria De Los Angeles , Sonia , Odilia Angelica , Wendy , Berta Catalina , Patricia , Maggy Rubi , Yesica Gricelda

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