A loan helped a member to buy clay, wood and other supplies for her ceramics business as well as fabric for her daughter’s aprons.


San Miguel Group's story

San Francisco El Alto is a very quiet highland town surrounded by many small villages. On Fridays, many travel from all parts of the area either to sell vegetables or animals or to buy their weekly supplies. Unlike the tourist market in Chichicastenango, the one in San Francisco El Alto is for the locals.

A group of nine enterprising businesswomen have joined together with the goal of improving their standard of living, educating their children, empowering themselves and eliminating poverty. They have formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “San Miguel” and are soliciting a loan from Friendship Bridge, hopefully funded by KIVA investors.

Nicolasa, a widow who is 53 years old and has four children, is part of the Board of Directors of the group. She is a potter and makes ceramic bowls, plates and cups. She works with her children and sells her pottery wholesale (by the dozen) every two weeks. Her ceramic pottery is well known throughout the Western Highlands. In addition, one of her daughters is a seamstress and makes elaborate aprons. Nicolasa is requesting a loan that she will use to purchase clay, wood and other supplies for her ceramic business as well as fabric for the aprons.

In funding these much-needed loans, KIVA investors are greatly appreciated by these women. They face a brighter future and are poised to create more successful lives for themselves, their families and their community!

In this group: Nicolasa Natalia, Maria Zoila, Amalia Magdalena, Petrona Felipa, Maria Simeona, Sandra Carina, Dionicia, Maria Raymunda, Maria Carmen



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