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Maria’s Story: Rise Up


Your donation fuels opportunities that empower women like Doña Maria every day in Guatemala.

“I have six children. My husband abandoned us, but it gave me the opportunity to be brave and rise up for the good of our children,” said Doña Maria. She began accessing Friendship Bridge’s programs and services and slowly built her large jewelry business. “I bettered my children’s nutrition so they could be healthy. They attended school, and four of them are now working while two finish high school,” said Doña Maria. “Today I employ more than 25 women, I export to the United States, France, and Colombia, and I own property where I will build a house next year.”

Read more of Maria’s story here. Because of you, Friendship Bridge provides sustainable solutions for families that impact poverty, hunger, quality education, health, decent work, and economic growth.