Cristina (first from right) is 46, and the mother of four children, two of which are still in school. Ten years ago, she became a widow when her husband was killed in an automobile accident. She was left, far from her family, with no way to support her children. She moved back to live near her family and started a business making tamales and enchiladas. From that business, she was able to save enough money to start her current business selling sheets and towels door-to-door. One of her older children helps her out a little financially, and the two school age children sell door-to-door when they are not in school. With her loan she is going to increase her stock and also buy children’s clothing to sell along with the sheets and towels. Her dream is to have all her children finish their schooling, since she did not have the opportunity do so. Her current monthly sales are approximately 4,200 Guatemalan Quetzales (US $550) with a profit of approximately 1,170 Guatemalan Quetzales (US $155). During the next nine months she hopes to increase her sales by 25% and her profits by 36%.
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In addition to a micro-loan, through its Business Development Program, Fundacion Namaste Guatemaya, provides its borrowers with the business support that will help their enterprises grow.
Namaste provides financial literacy, business education, cash flow analysis, and opportunities for entrepreneurs to to share experiences and best practices. The capstone of their model are Business Advisors that provide each borrower with one-on-one mentoring.
Namaste measures it success through the increase in profits of its borrowers. Of the more than 900 Namaste borrowers who have completed the business development program, on average their profits increased by 41%. Namaste clients are averaging USD2.50 per hour vs the Guatemala minimum wage of UDS1.00.
About Fundacion Namaste GuatemayaFundacion Namaste Guatemaya (Fundacion Namaste) is a non-profit organization in Guatemala that focuses on empowering women with microloans and mentoring. Its flagship program is the Namaste Business Development Program (NBDP), which combines personalized mentorship, financial literacy and customized microloans to help women entrepreneurs formalize their business models and increase their profits.
To date, approximately 1,000 women have completed the NBDP program, and over 500 women are actively enrolled. Kiva lenders’ funds enable Fundacion Namaste to reach even more women in Guatemala, particularly in rural and idigenous communities.
Fundacion Namaste joined Kiva through our Experimental Partnership Program, and has therefore received a lighter level of due diligence. Accordingly, loans associated with this partner carry a higher level of risk than typical Kiva loans.
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