Total loan: $1,650

Sector Sambo Group

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San Francisco Zapotitlán, Suchitepéquez, , Guatemala / Services

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Sector Sambo Group's story

The four women in the group "Sector Sambo" live in San Francisco Zapotitlán, Suchitepéquez, Guatemala. They range in age from 34 to 65. Two are married, one is separated, and one is a widow. Their education levels range from first grade to middle school. Their businesses include food preparation, dressmaking, and a beauty shop. They have completed several cycles with the Namaste Creating Prosperity Program.

Berena is 40 years old, married, and has five children in school. She attended school through fourth grade. For many years, she has had a business sewing special occasion dresses for weddings and birthday parties. Many years ago, she had the opportunity to study sewing and dressmaking, and gradually built up a group of clients who appreciate her skills. She also makes quilts and curtains to order. Since working with Namaste, based on advice from her business advisor, Berena has also started selling fabric, thread, and lace. During the previous cycles, she learned to keep track of her expenses, add more variety in colors and styles, and communicate better with her customers. She will use her loan to buy thread and fabric.

When she started with Namaste, her monthly net profit was 1,906 Guatemalan Quetzales ($249). By the beginning of this cycle, she had increased that to Q8,364 ($1,093). She hopes to increase it further to Q10,008 ($1,309) by the end of this cycle.

Pictured from left to right: Gloria, Roselia, Delmi, and Berena.