Santa Isabel Visitacion Group
Santa Isabel Visitacion Group’s story
There are 19 small communities within the city of Sololá in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. Santa Isabel Visitación is one of them that is the home of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Santa Isabel Visitación.” This group has seven Maya K’iche members. The small business women proudly wear their traditional ensembles while tending their businesses of traditional dress making, buying and selling beans and corn, or managing small convenience stores. The women are in their third loan cycle with Kiva.
Ana is a member of the group. She is 35 years old and has seven children between the ages of 7 and 16. They attend primary, secondary, and university level schools. Unlike most Maya women, Ana has a profession. She is a teacher in the local school. However, Ana found that she needed more income to provide better living conditions for her large family. Therefore, she started her own business making and embroidering traditional blouses (huipiles) with a variety of designs. Her blouses are in great demand, so she is requesting a loan to buy a variety of multicolored fabrics and threads.
The women of “Santa Isabel Visitación” are very happy and grateful to Kiva investors for supporting them with much needed loans. You are contributing to their success!
In this group: Maria Magdalena , Evelyn Yomara , Teresa Herlinda , Ana Felicita Magdalena , Juana Micaela , Francisca Juana , Catarina
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About Friendship Bridge:
This loan is administered by Friendship Bridge (FB), a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that empowers thousands of impoverished Guatemalan women through its Microcredit Plus program. The program combines small loans averaging US$350 for four-to-twelve month loan terms with non-formal, participatory education.
As FB clients, women start, expand, or diversify their businesses and learn practical lessons on topics including business, health, and self-esteem. FB’s clients borrow as a group, forming Trust Banks (groups of 7-25 women who serve as co-guarantors of the loan and act as a self-regulating support network).