A loan of $4,700 helped a member to buy a variety of supplies, including thread, to fabricate pretty napkins and placemats.

Trabajadoras Semetabaj Group's story

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Trabajadoras Semetabaj” or “Hardworking Women of Semetabaj” is made up of eight women and is located in a small municipality of San Andres Semetabaj in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. It is an agricultural area where corn, onions, and beans are harvested. Many in the town work in traditional textile production as well.

There are eight women in the Trust Bank. Sonia, a 56-year-old married mother of six children, is the Treasurer of the Trust Bank. Although she was only able to attend primary school for a limited time, she carefully keeps track of the funds of her Trust Bank. Sonia is requesting a loan for her traditional textile business and will use it to buy a variety of supplies including thread. She fabricates pretty napkins and placemats as well as colorful traditional blouses called “huipiles.”

The ladies involved in the Friendship Bridge Microcredit Plus Program of the organization realize the great value of education for their children and lifelong learning for themselves. Sonia works hard to help her grandaughter who has begun to study at the University level. Other women are thrilled that their children have completed primary school and are moving on to higher levels of learning. The women of each Trust Bank reap tremendous benefits from the educational component of their monthly meetings with a Loan Officer. They learn about how to manage their small businesses with classes on accounting, budgeting and customer service. The ladies learn about health and hygiene, nutrition and medicinal plants as well as self esteem and violence against women.

KIVA investors are valuable partners with Friendship Bridge in Guatemala in providing the seed money for the loans. The hardworking women of the Trust Bank in San Andres Semetabaj are already reaping benefits for themselves, their families and their community. Thank you, KIVA investors!

In this group: Maribel , Josefina , Josefina , Selvia Bercely , Anastacia , Sonia Antonieta , Teodora Juracan , Geidy Beatriz

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