A loan of $1,250 helped a member to buy additional stock for her tienda (small store).

Mujeres Creativas (Creative Women) Group's story

The seven women in Mujeres Creativas have a variety of businesses. There is one small store and several businesses making and selling tortillas. Also, one woman has a catalog business selling cosmetics. These women are looking forward to the business education classes and the monthly visits from the Namaste Business Advisor who will help them write and implement their business plan. They live and work in San Juan Alotenango, a small town not far from the city of Antigua.

Wendy Maribel, in the center of the photo, has had a small store for eight years. She is married to a policeman who works in the city and only comes home for a few days every two weeks. She has a daughter not yet in school, and she has one employee who helps her with childcare and with the store. She plans to use her loan to buy personal care products that she does not currently carry, such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. She is optimistic that when she learns how to handle her inventory and control her sales and expenses that she will be able to increase her profit and grow her business.

Currently, Wendy Maribel works 224 hours per month and has profits of approximately $139 US. She anticipates that with her new products and her new knowledge, she will be able to increase her profits during the nine months of this program by more than 100%.

In this group: Ana Francisca, Enma Yolanda, Liliana Elizabeth, Maria Del Carmen, Maria Luisa, Vilma Dolores, Wendy Maribel

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