Friendship Bridge

Rating: 4.5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: International, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 405 Urban St Suite 140 Lakewood CO 80228 USA

Mission: Friendship Bridge provides microcredit and education to Guatemalan women so that they can create their own solutions to poverty for themselves, their children and their communities.
Target demographics: Rural, impoverished women in Guatemala
Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2014, Friendship Bridge empowered more than 22,000 Guatemalan women with microcredit and education.
Geographic areas served: 10 departments throughout Guatemala
Programs: Microcredit Plus -- microcredit combined with nonformal education on relevant topics such as business, health and self-esteem.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a supporter of Friendship Bridge for several years, and recently joined a board committee. This summer, my daughter was a volunteer intern with FB in Guatemala. I know the director fairly well, starting before she joined the organization. Karen is a business powerhouse and is doing great things for the organization. She is also very visible and well connected in the community. Previously she had a very high powered job in the equipment leasing division of Key Bank.

I am a finance person, and have looked at the organization's 2012 Form 990. The net cash flow is positive and the balance sheet looks fairly strong with over $1 million of cash reserves. I have visited women that they serve in Guatemala, who had used loan proceeds to start small businesses and were very appreciative.

I am very involved in the non-profit world and am completely impressed by this organization.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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