Mujeres De Vision Group
One of these entrepreneurial women is Sara (second from left) who is 52 years old and married with one child still in school. She has only a third grade education but she is a smart business woman who is proud of her little store which she has had for ten years. Her husband works as a construction worker and helps her support the family. She sells, from a storefront that is part of her house, the blouses, skirts and belts that the Guatemalan women wear.
During the first loan cycle she learned many useful things such as how to keep her sales and expenses in a notebook and how to separate her personal money from her business money. Using the advice from her Business Adviser she increased her income by 50%. Her goal for this cycle is to offer in her store sewing materials that other seamstresses are looking for in the community. Her goal is to increase her net income at her shop and get closer to her dream: to invest some of her money in her house in order to create better living conditions for her family.
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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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