A loan of $4,900 helped a member to purchase more “cortes” to meet the demands of her customers.

Las Joyas Group's story

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Joyas” (The Jewels) are applying for a second loan cycle through KIVA. Their goal is to sustain and expand their small businesses. The ladies are enormously grateful to KIVA investors who financed their first loan cycle. Happily, the loans were repaid fully and on time. The women are hopeful that KIVA investors will fund this new loan cycle.

Rosa Leticia was featured in the first loan cycle and we are pleased to report that, because of her loan, her business has improved. Production, sales and income have increased for her, and her family has realized benefits, as well. Rosa Leticia sends greetings and great appreciation to KIVA investors.

In this report, we would like to feature another client, Angelica. She is a 31-year-old married woman with four children who range in age from 16 months to 13 years of age. Because of her leadership skills, Angelica was named President of the Trust Bank, a position that she is happy to occupy. The ladies in the Trust Bank are very responsible and Angelica is certain that this next loan cycle will be most successful.

Angelica has a thriving textile business. She buys and sells beautiful, traditional skirts called “cortes”. A “corte” is a long piece of fabric, at least six yards in length, that is wrapped around the waist and then secured with an ornate woven belt. Each village has its own unique design. Angelica is requesting a new loan in order to purchase more “cortes” to meet the demands of her customers. She intends to purchase a wider variety of designs and will be certain to only have high quality “cortes” for sale. Angelica is pleased that she generates enough income to keep three of her children in school and wants them to continue through college.

The Trust Bank “Las Joyas” acknowledges the generosity and support of KIVA investors. The ladies are quite motivated to maintain and expand their small businesses. Most of all, they look forward to providing their children with a better and more prosperous future. Thank you, KIVA investors!

In this group: Hortencia Maribelita , Eva Hermenegilda , Elsa Marleny , Cristina Petrona , Angelica Maria , Emilia Consuelo , Karina Adilia Carlota , Rosa Leticia Etelvina , Gladys Maribel , Santa Ofelia
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