A loan of $2,475 helped a member to add a greater variety of fruits.


Pochol Group's story

These four women named their group after their neighborhood in the Guatemalan Highland community of Nahuala. Their area is a lush agricultural region where coffee and bananas are cultivated. These women are strongly motivated to continue learning and growing their businesses through a third cycle of education and business advising from Namaste. Their businesses include food sales, clothing sales and coffee sales. Manuela (second from left) is 62 years old with a husband who works as an agricultural laborer and 5 grown children. Her business is selling coffee. Manuela is illiterate and is very proud of the fact that the proceeds from her small business allowed all five of her children to go to school and complete their studies. During the first two loan cycles with Namaste she learned many practical ways to improve her business. She was able to expand her sales and add bananas and chili powder to the products she sells. During this third cycle she wants to add a greater variety of fruits to sell and will also start selling at a Sunday market in a neighboring town. She will invest her loan money in buying product in larger quantities at better prices. Manuela is an outstanding member of her group. She puts all that she learns immediately into practice because she has seen how beneficial the advice of her Namaste business advisor has been to making her business more successful. Her dream now is to grow her business enough so that with the extra income she can improve their living conditions. Her current monthly profits are about 3280 Guatemalan Quetzales; and she and her business advisor are projecting a 100% increase in profits over the next nine months.

In this group: Lucia , Manuela , Micaela, Micaela
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