Eugenia joined our team in July of 2012 as our Program Coordinator and got promoted as a General Manager in December, 2013. She came with extensive business experience including 16 years with Swiss company CIBA-GEIGY (now Novartis). Through her persistent devotion and ambition, Eugenia advanced through many positions in the company- starting as a secretary, moving to logistics, then as a Plan, Information and Control assistant, next as the Manager for the Marketing Services Department, promoted to Marketing Manager of the Caribbean, and finally Manager for the Department of Materials. Throughout this time, Eugenia was able to work and visit in over 20 countries in Europe, North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
Eugenia left CIBA-GEIGY to assist in the construction of a coal Power Plant in China. She then returned to her homeland of Guatemala where she bought a piece of land in Sacatepéquez, about 40 kms from Guatemala City and started her own Hass Avocado farm. The farm became a very successful venture, and was visited by UCLA, Riverside among many others.
Joining Namaste in 2012 presented a new set of opportunities for Eugenia. She said, "I had the great opportunity to start working with Fundación Namaste Guatemaya as Program Coordinator and explore new challenges for me in helping women that appreciate the education and advisory services we provide to them."
Like many of the women we work with, Eugenia is a mother of 3, and grandmother of 4. Her business acumen and experience will help to guide the way as we work to maintain a consistent base of 500 women per year enrolled in our program.