Flor Del Paisaje Group
Flor Del Paisaje Group’s story
High in Guatemala’s Sierra Madre Mountains in the State of Sololá there is a big population of the Maya K’iche-speaking people. It is the home of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Flor del Paisaje,” with nine hardworking women. They have had two KIVA loan cycles, which they repaid responsibly and punctually. One member is Maria, who is 60 years old and married, with six children. Her husband is a bricklayer. Unfortunately, Maria was not able to attend school, but she has been successful as a weaver of traditional blouses (“huipiles”). She also has had a business buying and selling coffee and corn by the pound. She is requesting a loan to buy more coffee and corn, along with thread for her blouses. She sells her products from her home, as well as in the local marketplace. Maria shares that she is very grateful to KIVA investors for providing loans and grateful to Friendship Bridge for its valuable training in women’s health issues and business skills like saving and investing. The combination of loans and educational training is called “MIcrocredit Plus”. Thank you, KIVA investors, for believing that women like Maria are able to empower themselves and take real steps toward eliminating poverty in their lives. You are much appreciated.
In this group: Magdalena , Juana , Francisca , Catarina , Pascuala , Isabel , Lucia , Rebeca, Maria
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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).