Total loan: $2,725

Las Conejas Group

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Pueblo Nuevo, Suchitepequez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy wood, corn for the tamales, and bags for the charcoal.

Las Conejas Group's story

The three women of the group Las Conejas live in Pueblo Nuevo, Suchitepéquez, Guatemala. They range in age from 31 to 65 years. None of them have ever been to school. Two of the women sell wood, charcoal, and a little food. The third sells food and snacks to workers at a nearby farm. They are starting their sixth cycle with the Namaste Creating Prosperity Program. Each of these women has done an amazing job of improving her business and increasing her profits. They are eager for more financial literacy classes and advice from a personal business advisor.

Mirza Yomara is 37, married, and has two children in school. She sells wood, charcoal, and tamales in nearby communities. During her time working with Namaste, she has added the sale of different kinds of wood and charcoal, and she now sells from more locations. She has learned about customer service, tracking her sales and expenses, and keeping to a budget. (Her husband helps her with writing the information.) She will use her loan to buy wood, corn for the tamales, and bags for the charcoal. Her business goal is to add more sales locations. Her personal goal is to build a house on a piece of land that she and her husband recently bought.

When she started with Namaste, her monthly net profit was 1,700 Guatemalan Quetzales ($221 US). By the beginning of this cycle, it had increased to Q8,534 ($1,108 US). She hopes to increase that further to Q11,194 ($1,454 US).

Pictured from left to right: Mirza, Amarilis and Emiliana.