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Client stories

Ana: Success through a Stove

Imagine you are in Guatemala, in Ana’s house. It is a simple home, and today it is brimming with activity. Ana is busy cooking at her stove with...

Ana Mariela – A Daughter’s Dreams

Ana Mariela at school. She will start high school next year. In most ways Ana Mariela is a typical teenage girl. Hiding her shyness behind bouts...

Cruz: Dreaming of a Better Future

Born into a poor family of 11 children, Cruz did not have many aspirations for her life. Her father struggled with alcoholism and did not support the...

Ericka: Finding a vocation

“A vocation can be found at any point in your life,” Ericka says, her face breaking out into a smile. Becoming pregnant at age 15 caused Ericka...

Lorena: An Unstoppable Force

At age 40, Lorena is an unstoppable force. As a Friendship Bridge client, Lorena quickly demonstrated leadership and business skills and was elected...

Manuela: Overcoming Cancer

“It was not an easy decision to take a test like this. But thanks to the trainings in the Trust Bank, I realized how important it is to my...

Maria: Overcoming Obstacles

Maria’s cheerful smile and demeanor makes it hard to imagine the obstacles she has overcome. Her single year of education limited the options she...

Otilia: Taking Chances

Otilia is a woman driven to overcome any obstacle. Born into a large family, Otilia was abused and neglected by her father, who didn’t allow her to...

Yolanda – Challenging the Norms

Confidence emanates from Yolanda, a 36-year-old Friendship Bridge client in rural Quiché, Guatemala. Standing at not even five feet tall and proudly...

Mujeres Virgen de Guadalupe: Learning and Growing

When weaving through the rolling topography that makes up Santa Maria de Jesus, a town about an hour shy of Antigua, you will eventually wind up on...