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Friendship Bridge
Solola, Guatemala
Last updated on 5 Dec 2022
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Friendship Bridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 1990 and headquartered in Lakewood, Colorado. Friendship Bridge began its work in Vietnam and in 1998, expanded to Guatemala, focusing solely on microcredit and education. Currently, Friendship Bridge has eight offices in Guatemala and over 140 employees. The mission is to create opportunities that empower Guatemalan women to build a better life. Friendship Bridge provides microloans and education to nearly 30,000 women each year who are primarily indigenous and live in rural areas where the rate of poverty in Guatemala is the highest. The principal program, Microcredit Plus, combines microcredit with basic Non-Formal Education. Microcredit Plus is based on a group lending model, meaning women form a Trust Bank, ranging in size from 7-25 members and co-guarantee each member’s loans. Ultimately, Microcredit Plus benefits the client as well as an average of six others in the community, including spouses, children, parents and employees. The success of Friendship Bridge is based on clients’ growth as individuals and businesswomen to become agents of change in their families and communities. Friendship Bridge supports SGB through the Microcredit Plus program as well as through all of the Plus services geared towards women entrepreneurs including: Artisan Market Access program, Advanced Education Training program, Salud para la Vida (Health for Life) program, Mentorship program, and Women’s Agriculture Credit and Training Pilot program.