A loan of $1,875 helped a member to purchase additional thread and supplies for her textile business.

Amistad San Juan Group's story

In spite of the obstacles that they face, the women of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Amistad San Juan” meaning “Friendship San Juan” are true fighters. Maria, a 41-year-old single mother with six years of education, is an example. She has one teenage son and has begun her university studies. She is a happy and enthusiastic woman and works hard to help her son make his dreams come true. Maria has a textile business and creates fine scarves, shawls and backpacks. She sells these items at a wholesale price by the dozen to merchants in nearby stores. She is requesting her third loan from Friendship Bridge that she will use to purchase additional thread and supplies for her business.

María is the President of the Trust Bank which is a perfect position for her. She has great leadership skills and transmits confidence and security to the group. Maria clearly exemplifies how one determined woman can break the cycle of poverty with the necessary tools and create a more prosperous life for herself and her son. She is determined that her son have a more prosperous life and realizes that education is essential.

Friendship Bridge combines small loans and participatory non-formal educational seminars in the monthly meetings of each Trust Bank. This is called “Microcredit Plus”. A Loan Officer of the organization shares information on practical subjects like money management, budgeting and accounting as well as indebtedness and customer service. Other topics discussed include hygiene and nutrition, self esteem and violence against women and getting children ready for school.

Maria and the women of the “Amistad Trust Bank” face a far more positive and prosperous future with their small loans and newly acquired knowledge. Kiva investors are real partners in the Microcredit Plus Program of Friendship Bridge. Thank you!

In this group: Maria, Berta Juana, Paulina*, Albertina, Juana Isabel, Maria, Elena, Maria Leticia
*not pictured

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