A loan of $5,225 helped a member to purchase a sewing machine.

Maya Group's story

The indigenous Maya have a long and rich history in Guatemala and Southern Mexico. Eleven women have formed a Friendship Bridge Trust Bank in Guatemala and have proudly named it “Maya”. The ladies have a vision of empowering themselves with education and eliminating poverty in their lives by creating a profit in their small businesses.

Most of the women in the Trust Bank work in textile production and create the beautiful, elaborate and embroidered clothing that the indigenous women proudly wear. Many travelers and tourists travel to Guatemala in search of these textile treasures.

Paulina is a 31 year old member of the Trust Bank with five years of formal education. She has one daughter. Shortly after she married, together with her husband, the couple began a tee-shirt business. They sell their tee-shirts by the dozen to merchants who re-sell them throughout Guatemala. Paulina is requesting a loan that she will use to purchase a sewing machine. This will allow her to improve and expand her business.

Paulina and the ladies in the “Maya” Trust Bank learn a great deal from the educational components of their monthly meetings with a Friendship Bridge Loan Officer. They are eager to learn how to manage their small loans and so presentations about effective business practices are quite useful. The women learn about accounting and budgeting for their small businesses. They also learn about indebedtedness and customer service. As many have had no formal education, they are eager to learn about nutrition, health, and hygiene as well as self esteem.

KIVA investors are valuable assets in the Microcredit Plus Program of Friendship Bridge. The women in the organization realize this and express their gratitude. The ladies look forward to a brighter tomorrow benefitting themselves, their families and their community!

In this group: Paulina Natalia , Lucia , Martha , Obispa , Sara Isabel , Antonieta , Marcelina Paulina , Julia Rosaria , Cruz Herlinda , Brenda Paola , Martha Susana

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