A loan of $4,550 helped a member to purchase more chickens to fatten up for sale.


Costureras Clarenas Group's story

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Costureras Clareñas”, meaning “The Seamstresses from Santa Clara”, is located in the municipality of Santa Clara La Laguna in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. It is composed of nine business women who are the backbone of each of their families. They work in textile production and animal husbandry.

Maria is the 31-year-old President of the Trust Bank who is married with four children. She is an enthusiastic and very responsible businesswoman, leader and mother. Each of her children is in school and she is thrilled about this as she realizes that education is the key to a successful future. Fortunately, she was able to attend school but was not able to graduate from high school as she had to work. Maria raises chickens and cattle and hopes for a good return on her investment. She is requesting a loan that she will use to purchase more chickens to fatten up, sell, and thus create additional income. Her goal is to take care of the daily needs of her household and to see that her children finish school.

Maria takes her job as President of the Trust Bank very seriously and tries to guide the ladies in an intelligent and compassionate manner. She urges them to use the information that they receive each month in the non-formal educational trainings given by a Friendship Bridge Loan Officer. Some of the topics covered include women’s rights and self esteem, nutrition and health as well as the use of medicinal plants. Other subjects covered include effective business practices including accounting, budgeting and customer service. It is the combination of the small loans and non-formal educational segments of the monthly meetings that Friendship Bridge calls “Microcredit Plus”.

The ladies of the Trust Bank are quite grateful to KIVA investors for funding their loans. They intend to use the funds wisely and pay them back on time. Thank you, KIVA investors!

In this group: Marta , Maria Filomena , Clara *, Clara , Maria Nicolasa , Ana Maria , Maria , Juana , Francisca Griselda
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