Home
Share Your Story
Brochures - Ours and Others
About RAGM
Conferences
Join Us
Our Publications
Microcredit Publications
Subscribe
Board of Directors
Project & Field Journaling
RAGM Bylaws
Contact Us
Global Publications
Bob Sample - Ending Ultra-Poverty - Workshop Results15 days ago
President Jim Louttit's Welcoming Remarks18 days ago
Alex Counts Summary of Ultra Poverty Summit20 days ago
Mary Coward - Guatemala Business Training for Women21 days ago
More
Microcredit
Coffee Co-Op in Honduras 81 days ago
Community Foundations Essential to Achieving SDGs, Report Argues81 days ago
RESULTS Canada New Exec Director Chris Dendys159 days ago
New Year's Message from Bill Fitzsimmons215 days ago
Short History of a Rotary Microcredit Program220 days ago
More
Visit us on Facebook
Mary Coward - Guatemala Business Training for Women
Category: Microcredit | By SDR, 29-Jul-2018 | Viewed 78  Comments 0 | Source Mary Coward

Working together for Guatemalan Women Business Development



Meet Linci


615_678314367.jpg
Linci Cipriani

Linci Cipriani is one of the clients supported by a District 5020 Community Grant in 2018. She started a small business selling cupcakes on the plaza of her village. She enrolled in the Namaste Guatemaya program, to receive business training and a microloan. She used the micro-loan to purchase a small oven, which has helped her to expand her volume and increase customers. 

Business Training



Since 2014, five Rotary Clubs from Districts 5020 and two from District 5100 have worked with the Antigua Rotary Club to provide business training and microcredit to women who live in rural communities near the city of Antigua. A 2015 Global Grant of $72,000 was used to support 118 women. They received training in business basics, and a monthly visit from a business advisor throughout a 9-month cycle as they repaid their loans.

This Global Grant was followed in 2017 by a District 5020 Community Grant of $9,000 which provided business training to another 22 women entrepreneurs near Antigua. Each woman received 10 hours of training and met monthly with a Business Advisor to develop her business.  In addition, each woman received a microcredit loan and was invited to the Business Women's Conference in April at Lake Atitlan.

The training and business support for both grants was provided by Fundaci en Namaste Guatemaya (FNG). FNG has worked in the communities around Antigua since the 1980s, providing business training and microcredit.

Site Inspection



In April 2018 four District 5020 Rotarians traveled to Antigua, Guatemala to meet business women at the annual Business Women's Conference. In talking with the women, they said the training was very helpful to them. In particular, the monthly support from the Business Advisor helps them to stay on track and deal with problems as they come up. They face many challenges in operating their small businesses such as: managing cash flow; finding money for supplies and inventory; keeping business money separate from family money; responding to family needs and emergencies; dealing with loan sharks and extortion.

Conference Presentation


615_986040062.jpg
Debbie Ranniger

Debbie Ranniger, Pierce County Passport Club (right), gave the opening address at the Business Women's Conference, in Spanish, with a Kechua interpreter.  After Debbie's address, a client came forward and gave a passionate statement about what the program meant to her.

615_336815886.jpg
Mary - Debbie - Women Borrowers

Some of the business women participating in the training in April 2018, along with Mary Coward from Victoria Harbourside (left) and Debbie Ranniger (right). Their businesses include prepared food, clothing, textiles and crafts, small convenience stores, and services.

The Antigua Rotary Club hosted both grants. The Global Grant international partners were Victoria-Harbourside, Bainbridge Island, Tacoma, South Cowichan, Portland and Oregon City. The District Community Grant partners were Victoria-Harbourside, Bainbridge Island, and the Passport Club of Pierce County

Does this project interest you?



If you have an interest in following this initiative or wish to donate please contact Mary Coward at: smarycoward@shaw.ca
Comments
To post a comment, you must be a member and Login.
This blog represents the opinion of the writer only. It does not necessarily represent the view or opinion of this organisation. We make no warranty of the accuracy, validity, or source of the content on this web page or any of the blogs presented on this web site. Similarly, the comments to blogs on this web site and this page do not necessarily represent the view or opinion of this organisation.
Login
Categories
Conflict
Education
Events
Food
Healthcare
Literacy
Microcredit
News
Other
Population
Rotaract
Service Projects
Social Development
Water
Top Writers
RAGM
RotaryGlobal
SDR
RFPD
CMC-2011
Steve
Editor
BChinnery
Hayley
VMC-2011
© Design Copyright 2018 Neurosmith Software.