What is your impression of Guajilote as a business venture?

What is your impression of Guajilote as a business venture?
This venture has been able to improve the income and quality of life of the members of the organization as narrated in the case. The members were earning 1500 annually but now they are earning this amount per month.
Another good point is that it has been able to raise the product prices partially.
There are concerns about the following: It has not been able to move up the value chain, in that it can not easily transport the product to the other places to fetch the better prices.
It has not been able to make its own furniture and export in the global market. The Co-op has limited managerial capacity and its members have limited education.
Overall I think it has been a successful business venture. However, to remain viable and profitable Guajilote must be able to change.
2. Conduct a SWOT Analysis of Guajilote.
Situational Analysis
Strengths
• Networking
The leader has good networking abilities and enough political influence to get the work done for the organization.
• Monopoly
The Coop has the sole rights for mahogany given by the government. Being the only authorized business in the country. Guajilote is the only organization that is given the legal right to exploit natural mahogany trees in Honduras. The cooperative simply has no competitors in the domestic market. COHDEFOR’s permit renewal will be granted automatically as long as the business restricts itself to downed mahogany.
• Community Loyalty
The members have a good relationship and are loyal to the Coop leader
• Financial Position
The financial position of Coop members has improved considerably.
• Mahogany wood sources are decreasing in the world
The amount of mahogany wood is limited in the world. This may lead to many threats like bans. However at the same time this is a great advantage for the cooperation in the domestic and international markets. There is a high probability that Guajilote will have more customers and take more orders in the future.
• Strong leadership
Munguia established a strong leadership in the organization and has the capability to decide quickly during critical times. He has negotiations skills and he seems to have a good understanding of politics.
Weakness
• Lack of transportation and distributors
Guajilote has no way to transport its wood to the market and the business is unable to secure the capital needed to buy its own truck due to difficulties in getting credit. Thus it is forced accept low prices for its wood from the only local distributorGuhas not been able to move up the value chain, like it can itself transport the product to the other places to fetch the better prices.
• It has not been able to make finished furniture products and export them in the global market.
• No or very little capital expenditures
Guajilote doesn’t invest enough in capital expenditures. A very small percentage of the funds are held back for capital improvement purchases due to the operation’s simple material needs. For example the only capital expenditures for 1997 included a mule plus materials needed to maintain Guajilote’s large cross-cut saws. Inadequate funding limits the growth potential of the business.
• Limited managerial talent
It has limited managerial capacity and its members have limited education.
• Too dependent on the leader
The leader takes all the major decisions and there is hardly any delegation of responsibility.
• Guajilote has limited resources to purchase their own trucks to transport mahogany to other towns.
• Supply to single distributor
They have a single distributor which leads to less revenue realization.

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