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Revue Magazine – La Antigua Resident Bob Graham’s Commitment to Economic Justice

Que Pasa Article – Namaste Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Namasté Celebra su 10º Aniversario

El miércoles 11 de noviembre, la Fundación Namasté Guatemaya celebrará su 10º aniversario con el evento “Empresas Apoyando Microempresas” que contará con la participación de más de 40 negocios locales.

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El evento en Nina Hotel Boutique en La Antigua incluirá degustaciones de la gastronomía exquisita de ocho restaurantes locales, así como una subasta silenciosa con una amplia gama de productos y servicios por adquirir. Esta es una excelente oportunidad de hacer compras de regalos para las fiestas de fin de año y el 100% de tus compras se destinará a apoyar la ONG Namasté. Entre los artículos que se ofrecen habrá certificados de regalo para restaurantes, masajes, manicuras, servicios de salón, tours de canopy e incluso los servicios de preparación de impuestos, además de productos como chocolate, joyas y obras de arte.

Namasté es una organización que ayuda a las mujeres guatemaltecas hacer realidad sus sueños de tener pequeñas empresas, ofreciendo educación de negocios, asesoramiento y microcréditos. Durante los 10 años de la organización, ha realizado 4,100 préstamos, pero el corazón del programa es la educación y la tutoría. En promedio, las clientas tienen 41 años de edad y solo cuatro años de escuela; 24% nunca asistió a la escuela y el 26% no sabe leer ni escribir.

El objetivo de las socias de Namasté es simple: ganar más dinero. Estas guatemaltecas usan casi todo el incremento en ingresos para la educación y la nutrición de sus hijos, su autoestima se eleva, y se incentivan para convertirse en líderes de sus comunidades.

Namasté ha invertido US$1.37 millones en capacitación y formación y ha dado 27,500 consultas a socias individuales. Mediante el uso de una base de datos personalizada con más de 500 puntos de datos y un sistema de software de inteligencia empresarial, Namasté es capaz de seguir el progreso de cada mujer y de este modo mejorar los servicios.

Puedes ayudar a que las mujeres guatemaltecas hagan realidad sus sueños empresariales. Las entradas para el evento se pueden adquirir en la oficina de Namasté, ubicada en la 2a Avenida Sur #61C, o en Cafe Condesa (MAP D4) y Rainbow Café (MAP D3).

Teléfono: 3042-7865

Email: karen@namaste-direct.org

Escrito por: Maria Westfried

Fotos por: Denise Lorenz & Namasté

Revue Article

QlikView Celebrates 5 Years of Work

The leading business intelligence software system worldwide called QlikView celebrates 5 Years of Work. As a foundation that monitors and evaluates its clients and staff performance we are honored to be featured in the recent article from QlikView. We combine QlikView with our custom made platform Prosper to create a powerful analytics tool. We can generate dozens of reports about our clients and staff performance from QlikView in just seconds! We invite you to read their recent press release:

Qlik Change Our World Program Celebrates 5 Years!

http://www.qlik.com/us/company/press-room/press-releases/2015/en/0224-qlik-change-our-world-program-celebrates-five-years

More than 500 data points!

We feel proud to have created as excellent analytical tool that makes our work accountable.

Why are analytics so important to us? We believe when data is analyzed properly, the results can help us make better business decisions to help our clients earn more income. Through the data we can determine how we are doing, where are we coming from, and where are we going. For our internal planning and operations some of our most powerful information comes from our Business Advisor Portfolio. This portfolio contains information about our active clients, how many loan cycles they have had, who is their business advisor and if each of our clients are achieving two main goals: 1) implementation of their business advisor's advice and 2) successful business record-keeping.  We can also see what percentage of our client's income has increased or decreased!

We are grateful for QlikView's strong support since 2012. Using Prosper and QlikView together allows us to analyze not only our client's performance but also our internal team's performance. We have a unique data product that enables us to help more women micro-entrepreneurs make significantly more money. QlikView is rated as the number one BI software provider in the world, besting the offerings of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and others. The ratings are by BARC, the "holy grail of business intelligence." Our donated technology from QlikView has a selling price of $14,000 and we have it at no cost in perpetuity.

Our IT Manager always says "You can see what the client`s situation is just by one QlikView!, that`s what I love the most"

 

 

 

Que Pasa Magazine

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Namaste-Direct/Namaste Guatemaya was recently published in Antigua's Magazine, Que Pasa.

Citi Bank and Red de Instituciones de Microfinanzas de Guatemala Prize Winner 2014!

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Competing with over 47 microfinance organizations in Guatemala, we are excited to announce that Fundación Namaste Guatemaya has won $4,000 prize from Citi Bank and Redimif! Donor Relations Manager Karen Gonzalez attended the award ceremony and reported that Citi Bank executives shared with her that “because Namaste has such good practices, we could not pass the opportunity to give Namaste the prize.” Encouraged by this win, Namaste plans to apply for several more Citi prizes next year.

 

 

KIVA Article

"Since 2011 we are partners with Kiva, and our clients receive loans from individual lenders via the Kiva website.
In order to grow and serve more clients annually, what we need is to raise more money directly for Fundación Namasté Guatemaya. With more money available Namaste can offer more women the business advising and education that is required with our loans. Another goal for 2015 is that in addition to Kiva loans, we can start our own sponsorship program directly.
Take a look at our recent article

 

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http://fellowsblog.kiva.org/fellowsblog/2015/02/09/empowering-women-entrepreneurs-in-guatemala