A loan of $1,325 helped a member to stock more items in her small store.

Los Lirios (The Irises) Group's story

The seven women of the group Los Lirios (The Irises) live in the small city of San Miguel Dueñas, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala. The businesses these women have include selling ice-cones, embroidery, tortillas, catalog items, and a small store.

Clarita Florentina (3rd from left) is 26 years old and migrated to San Miguel Dueñas from another part of the country because of the lack of opportunity in her hometown. She is married and has three small children, one of whom is in school. The others are still too young to go to school. She and her husband rent their home. She runs a small store, and her profit from this store is the largest source of income for the family. She opens the store at 6 AM and closes it at 10 PM.

Because of her inexperience in the business world, her store has struggled in the past. She is looking forward to the financial education and business advice that Namaste will provide to her along with her loan, so that she can do a better job of handling her money and managing her store. With her loan, she intends to buy fruit, fruit juices, and other items that her customers want which she does not currently have in the store. Currently, her profit is around $357 USD and her dream is to work up to a profit of about $800 with her new skills and the additional supplies she plans to buy. This additional profit will ensure that her two younger children can go to school when they are old enough.

In this group: Reina Isabel, Maria Lidia, Miriam Jeaneth, Ana Maria, Vilma Leticia, Mildred Del Rosario, Clarita Florentina

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