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Evelin Ofelia

San Martin Jilotepeque, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy consumables and equipment to enlarge her stall.

Evelin Ofelia's story

Evelin Ofelia is a hardworking entrepreneur living in San Martín Jilotepeque, Chimaltenango, Guatemala. She is 38 years old, married with three children, one in third grade and two not yet in school. She finished high school, and 14 years ago began her business selling food in the central park of her town. She started very small but has grown the business and now sells juices, smoothies, sandwiches and tacos.

Evelin Ofelia is starting her fourth cycle with the Namaste Creating Prosperity Program. She was attracted to Namaste because she was eager to learn more about how to improve, manage and grow her business. Namaste provides financial literacy training and a business adviser to give personal business advice. During the first cycle she learned the importance of having the menu reflect what she had on hand, of keeping the quality high and of maintaining her stall very clean. In the second cycle she learned about controlling her costs, saving money each month for emergencies, and improving the appearance of her stall. During her third cycle she hired an employee and learned a lot about managing employees.

When she started with Namaste her monthly net profit was 4800 Guatemalan Quetzales ($623). Currently that is Q 6107 ($793) and she hopes to raise it to Q 8095 ($1051) by the end of this cycle. She will use her loan to buy consumables and equipment to enlarge her stall. Her business goal is to open another location.