A loan of $1,025 helped a member to increase her store's stock back up to where it was before her accident.

Mujeres Idolenses Group's story

The six women of the group Mujeres Idolenses live in San José El Idolo, Suchitepéquez, Guatemala. Legend has it that this town was formerly called El Idolo. When the Spanish conquerors came, they rested here for a while. When they moved on, in gratitude to the people of the town, they left a sculpture of San José. The people then changed the name of the town to San José El Idolo (Saint Joseph The Idol).

The women of this group have businesses that include selling food, wood, clothing or household goods. There is also a dressmaker and a small store. These are poor women with a great desire to better their lives and the lives of their families. They now have the opportunity to do this by upgrading their businesses and increasing their profits with the help of Namaste’s business advisors and money management classes.

Angela (3rd from left) is 64 and does not know how to read or write. She has a life partner but she is the only one contributing to the house and business. She has had her store for about ten years. Unfortunately, four years ago a car ran over her leg and she almost lost her foot. She was not able to work for two years, during which time her partner took care of the store for her. However, without her guidance the store did not do as well and her profits went way down. With her loan, she wants to buy what she needs to stock her store with things her customers want. She can then bring her sales to the level where she had them before the accident. She currently has a monthly profit of around US $117, working 140 hours a month. She believes that if she can provide the items her customers need, she will increase her profits to about US $247.

In this group: Angela , Olga Marina, Marina Isabel, Maria, Andrea, Daira Medarda

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