Rating: 4.5 stars 2 reviews
Issues: International, Economic Development, Microfinance
Location: 405 Urban St Suite 140 Lakewood CO 80228 USA
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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It is an absolute truth that when you educate girls and women and provide them with the opportunity to better themselves through business, they will lift their family, even their entire village, out of poverty. Friendship Bridge follows through on their promise to educate and empower women in rural areas of Guatemala through microcredit. Their success rate shows in the smiling faces of the women who have taken advantage of the microfinance opportunities offered by Friendship Bridge. This organization follows through by offering textile shows in the States, and educational opportunities in the villages of Guatemala. Women who use the resources provided by Friendship Bridge are seeing their children attending school and even achieving goals such as graduation from high school and college. These families are learning the tools to lift themselves from poverty, a skill that can be passed on to generation after generation. My experience as a donor to Friendship Bridge has been wonderful. They are responsive to the requests of donors, and I find that the operational expenses are well within the acceptable range. I know my money is going to directly benefit a woman in Guatemala who will use it to the betterment of her family and her village. If I had any criticism, it would be that I would like to see Friendship Bridge expand beyond the borders of Guatemala - but I understand that it is most beneficial to focus on one area than to spread beyond their means and become less effective.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
seeing the results of the work the women have Guatemala have accomplished through their microloans.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
expand beyond the current borders of Guatemala into other impoverished nations, offering their successful education and microcredit programs to more women and families.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every six months
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