Empower women. Eliminate poverty.

What We Do

Friendship Bridge is a nonprofit social enterprise creating opportunities that empower women in Guatemala to build a better life. We use an innovative and high-impact approach to poverty alleviation by combining the tools of microfinance, education, and preventive health services. We call this Microcredit Plus

In order to support our clients with the most appropriate Microcredit Plus services and financial products, we place them into one of two distinct client segments: Dreamers and Entrepreneurs. We invite you to learn more about our methodology and understand how it supports our social impact outcomes in our 2021-25 Strategic Plan (English Spanish.)

Microcredit Plus Services

FINANCIAL SERVICES << DREAMERS

Group Loans (Trust Banks)

This is our entry loan product, offered to individuals who form a Trust Bank (7 to 25 women) and co-guarantee each others’ loans as a form of social collateral. Learn More.

Parallel Loans

This individual loan is available to clients already borrowing as part of a Trust Bank who have a good credit history and a need for additional credit in order to expand their businesses.

Chanim-Chanim Loans

Meaning “very, very fast” in Kaqchikel (Mayan language), this loan is available to Trust Bank clients for quick access to short-term loan capital for emergency or last-minute opportunities.

PLUS SERVICES << DREAMERS

Non-Formal Education

NFE is the backbone of our Microcredit Plus program. Delivered monthly during Trust Bank meetings, NFE sessions cover topics related to health, women’s rights, family, and business. Learn more.

Health for Life

The Health for Life program combines health education with women’s preventive health services. It was successfully launched in our Sololá branch in 2015 and expanded to Chimaltenango in 2016. Learn more.

Women’s Agriculture Credit & Training

This program gives our agriculture clients access to new markets through technical training and credit products. Learn more.

Advanced Business Training

Clients learn technical or advanced business skills to help diversify their income.

 

Bridge to Success

FINANCIAL SERVICES << ENTREPRENEURS

Individual Loans

A larger, longer-term loan offered to accelerate the growth of our Entrepreneur clients’ businesses and prepare them for the formal banking sector.

Lines of Credit

A pre-approved source of funding that can readily be tapped at the client’s discretion for business or personal use.

PLUS SERVICES << ENTREPRENEURS

Business Development

Cultivates clients’ high potential for leadership, growth, and job creation in their communities in Guatemala. 

Peer-to-Peer Connections & Mentoring

An invaluable form of ‘social capital,’ we provide a network of peers and mentors who have strong business connections.

Handmade by Friendship Bridge

Formerly the Artisan Access Program

Artisan Entrepreneur clients participate in technical and business trainings designed to help them enter new local and global markets. Learn more and Shop Now!