Namaste is honored to partner with many foundations and private donors to economically empower Guatemalan small business owners. All incoming donations are tax deductible and serve as investments in the lives and businesses of our clients.


Partner Spotlight: Rotary International

Since 2008, Namaste has had the privilege of partnering with dozens of Rotary clubs throughout the Americas and The Rotary Foundation to create prosperity for low-income businesswomen in Guatemala. Namaste has implemented seven Rotary Global Grants, which have served 900 women and benefited their families, reaching approximately 4,500 people.

The beneficiaries of our Global Grants have averaged a 131% increase in monthly net profits, more than doubling their income. Our Rotarian partners have contributed their diverse skills, solution-oriented ideas, sweat equity, and funds to help Namaste advance women’s economic empowerment. We are proud of our symbiotic collaboration and the sustainable impact we have achieved together.

In April 2021, Namaste’s Executive Director, Eugenia Duran, and Development Director, Desiree Lyons, were recognized as Paul Harris Fellows by the Rotary Club of San Mateo (RCSM). They received this prestigious award for exemplary service in launching and implementing a Rotary Global Grant, sponsored by RCSM, which will empower over 180 women to grow profitable businesses in Guatemala.

Namaste’s Founder, Bob Graham, was also honored as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation in 2009. Though none of Namaste’s staff are officially Rotarians, we are proud to represent the Rotary spirit and that three of our 12-person team have received this special honor

Read more about our partnership in the Rotarian Magazine here!