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Start a Café for Lema: A Weaving Cooperative in Guatemala

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I am a student at the University of NotreDame volunteering for 8 weeks this summer in Guatemala through an organization called Social EntrepreneurCorps. I act as a consultant for local entrepreneurs throughout the country. One example of an entrepreneur I have been working with is a woman named Rosa who owns and runs a store that sells naturally dyed, hand-woven products. Lema is a struggling weaving cooperative in San Juan, Guatemala. San Juan is a small 'Puebla' on the beautiful Lake Atitlán. In recent years, Lema's overall sales have been slowing and they desperately need to increase their profits to stay afloat. The organization sells handmade bags, clothes, scarves, and fabric with natural dyes. The idea of starting a cafe came because of the need for a place to gather and share café (coffee) among friends in the community. After a break even analysis of the café's startup and operating costs, $1000 would be needed to start this café's and become profitable, thus helping Rosa, the owner of the cooperative, and the other women who weave products for Lema.

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