A loan of $1,625 helped a member to buy fabric and materials in bulk to make and sell clothing.

Mujeres Del Triunfo (Women Of Victory) Group's story

The nine women of this group live in the small village of El Triunfo in the municipality of San Antonio Suchitepéquez, Guatemala. This is a very poor part of the country, where 70% of the people live in poverty and about 25% live in extreme poverty. The village got its name years ago when the indigenous inhabitants triumphed over foreign investors who wanted to take their land.

This group was formed when the women heard about Namaste Guatemaya from a former client and contacted them to ask for support with their businesses. With Namaste they receive business education and are aided by a business adviser who helps them develop and follow a business plan. The Mujeres del Triunfo are excited about this opportunity to improve their businesses, their lives, and the lives of their families.

One of these hard-working women is Josefa (3rd from right). She is 36 years old, and is married with three children. Her business is selling clothing that she sews. When she started the business she had some money to invest. Since then she has had some difficulties; she has been robbed of a substantial sum of money, has been injured, and has had some serious health issues. Her medical care used up all her family's resources and she and her husband ended up in debt to a loan shark.

Now her business is on a solid footing and she is paying off the debt. She plans to use her loan to bulk buy fabric and materials for the clothing she makes. Currently she works 300 hours a month and has a monthly profit of about Q7,890 (US $1024). She hopes at the end of her nine months with Namaste to increase her profit to Q9,223 (US $1197).

In this group: Josefa, Heidi Fabiola, Carmen, Josefina, Celestina, Angelica Maria, Herlinda, Juana, Olga Lidia

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