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Total loan: $325

Maria Horacia

Estancia de la Virgen, San Martin Jilotepéque, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy more flowers to sell.


Maria Horacia's story

Maria Horacia, 35, is a single mother of a 12-year-old son. She speaks both Spanish and the Mayan language Kaqchikel. She wears the traditional Mayan dress of her village, Estancia de la Virgen, San Martin Jilotepéque, Chimaltenango, Guatemala. She left school after the second grade to work alongside her parents in the flower business. When her mother retired, Maria took over the business and now sells roses and other flowers in the central park of San Martin Jilotepéque. She travels every two weeks for several hours to buy the flowers. And every day she travels for 45 minutes from her home to the town where she sells the flowers.

She is starting her first cycle with the Namaste Creating Prosperity Program. The program was recommended to her by a friend. And she is eager to receive the financial literacy classes and to meet monthly with the personal business advisor Namaste will provide to her. She wants to learn how to track her sales and expenses and how to better manage her business and increase her profits. Her goal is to make more money to buy more flowers, especially during fiesta times. Her personal goal is to have her son continue going to school and do well in life.

When she started with Namaste she, had a monthly net profit of 4,700 Guatemalan Quetzales ($610). She hopes to increase that to GTQ 5,200 ($675) during this cycle.