Opportunities for Women's Economic Empowerment
The Huge Difference Fund Annual Business Women’s Conference is an opportunity for 100 of Namaste’s clients to learn more about business from outstanding speakers, workshop leaders and each other. It was initiated in 2007 by the founder of Huge Difference, Ed Mattar, who asked the question “Is there a business conference in Guatemala for low income businesswoman?” When he heard that the answer was “No.”, Ed saw an opportunity to make a big difference in the lives of others and asked Namaste to create a unique experience for its clients. To date 700 business women have met along the shores of Lake Atitlan for a 3-day conference featuring learning, cultural exchanges and peer-based entrepreneurial support. For many of the women the conference is a seminal event in their lives as it is the first time they have been without their children, stayed in a hotel and been recognized as leaders in their society.