Namaste Affinity Groups

NamasteDirect Giving Circles

NamasteDirect giving circles are designed to raise funds in a group format.  Individuals work together, creating their own community of donors to work toward a self-defined goal.  These giving circles, or affinity groups, are a fun way to include your community in the giving process and the fulfillment of supporting women in Guatemala who are working to economically empower their families. These NamasteDirect Giving Circles are currently raising funds for microcredit in their communities and over the web:

Adoptive families honor the birth country of their children by supporting the women of Guatemala. While the Esperanza Giving Circle begins with two families’ stories, the goal is for it to grow to include the stories and hopes of many. Raised $6,710



The Hillsdale Effect
Students from Hillsdale High in San Mateo, CA who aim to educate our community and ourselves on the importance of ending poverty and building a bridge between the privileged and the impoverished. Raised $41,687


San Mateo

The Lillian and Bob Jordan Joy Luck Group

The Lillian and Bob Jordan Joy Luck group was formed to honor the memory and spirit of Lillian and Bob Jordan and to continue enjoying the long-standing friendships of the Joy Luck group. Raised $12,330



Melissa’s Village
Melissa’s Village funding circle was founded by Melissa Faith Klar. Together with her friends and family, Melissa is supporting many of the women she met while visiting Chiapas, Mexico. Raised $51,003

The Timshel Group

Founded by Kim and Pat Smith, the Timshel group is an organic expression of the power of the collective will and characterized by compassion and freedom, and directed to all those who believe in the positve application of our choices and actions. Raised $15,001

The Valley Giving Girls Group
The Valley Giving Girls are mothers, teachers, daughters, and friends who live in California’s Central Valley. Touched by the stories and dreams of Guatemalan women they have started this group to raise money for them. Raised $3,011

Women Celebrating Women

On September 30, 2007, a group of Los Angeles executive and professional women met to celebrate a milestone – a 40th Birthday.  But what made this celebration different was the request for gifts.

Rocky Mountain Giving Group
We are a group of mothers in the Park City/Salt Lake City, Utah and Boise, Idaho areas who use our influence and abilities to help other families out of the depths of poverty.

The Calaveras Group
Members of Calaveras County, a rural California community in the Sierra Nevada Mountains have come together to sponsor a village bank in the region of Santa Cruz del Quiche in the Guatemalan highlands. Raised $18,591