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Los Naranjales Group

Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, Sololá., Sololá Department, Guatemala / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy more fruit for sale at the school, and more skirts for door to door sales.


Los Naranjales Group's story

The 5 women in the group Los Naranjales live in Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, Sololá, Guatemala. They range in age from 27 to 42. Four of them never went to school, and one went through sixth grade. They all speak both the Mayan language Quiche and Spanish, and they all wear traditional clothing. They are starting their 4th cycle with the Namaste creating prosperity program. They have learned a lot during three cycles with financial literacy training, and from regular meetings with their personal business advisor. They now want to learn more and grow their businesses further.

Juana is 39 years old, a single mother of two sons, one grown and one age 8. For 10 years she has had a business buying fruit and traditional skirts in the closest city, and then selling the fruit at a nearby school, and the skirts door to door. Among the things she has learned during her time with Namaste, is that it is possible for her to become a leader and fulfill her dreams. She also learned to buy the items that sell best. Her business goal is to increase her business to sell more clothing. Her personal goal is to see her younger son continue studying.

She will use her loan to buy more fruit and more skirts. Her monthly net profit when she started with Namaste was 2650 Guatemalan Quetzales ($344). At the beginning of this cycle it was Q.4504 ($585) and by the end of this cycle she hopes to increase that to Q. 5554 ($721).

Pictured from left to right: Juana, Micaela, Izabela, Maria and Juana.