Please join Karen Larson, President and CEO of Friendship Bridge, on March 22 for a presentation on empowering women in Guatemala. Recognizing the importance of access to capital and the role it plays in empowering individuals, Friendship Bridge provides microfinance, education and health services primarily to indigenous women in rural areas where the rate of poverty in Guatemala is highest. On average, a Friendship Bridge client earns less than $2 a day and has had approximately three years of formal education. The Microcredit Plus program allows for more dependable cash flow, improved nutrition, and increased educational opportunities for clients’ children.
Ms. Larson will talk about Friendship Bridge’s Microcredit Plus program, including the organization’s health services and new Artisan Market Access program. Through this program, artisan clients – many whom are isolated by language and geography – are delivered advanced training to learn business skills to thrive in a modern global marketplace.
Guatemalan handcrafts (“Tipica”) made by Friendship Bridge clients will be available for purchase at the event. Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card.
Following the program there will be an optional dinner with our guest presenter at Gran Caffe L'Aquila, 1716 Chestnut St. Separate checks will be provided. Please RSVP for the dinner to Jackie Crutchley at firstname.lastname@example.org.