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Victor is 48 years old and married with three children. Like many Paraguayans, he emigrated to Argentina when he was young and it is there that he learned his craft. His whole family helps him with his work. They have all learned the craft, and while his children are still in school they feel that what they've already learned will serve them to earn a living.

Victor not only makes and sells his product, but he also teaches leatherwork to young people in his neighborhood, charging them $3 an hour. He plans to use this loan to make more of his most popular product--a leather wristband scented with citronella used to repel mosquitoes. These are popular because the country is plagued by an epidemic of Dengue fever. He needs to increase his income because not only are his three children still in school but his 48-year-old wife has recently begun to finish her secondary education.

Translated by a Kiva volunteer.

Victor tiene 48 años y es casado con 3 hijos. Como tantos paraguayos, emigro en su juventud a la Argentina donde aprendió el oficio. En la fabricación de sus productos trabaja con sus tres hijos y su esposa. Todos han aprendido el oficio y aunque continúan estudiando, consideran que lo aprendido ya les sirve para ganarse la vida.

Victor no solo fabrica y vende sus productos, sino que además capacita a los jóvenes del mercado municipal que están interesados en aprender el oficio, cobrando por sus servicios US$ 3 la hora.

Planea utilizar el crédito para comprar materia prima para aumentar la producción de su mas exitoso producto: la pulsera repelente de mosquitos, fabricada a base de citronella. Este producto tiene una alta demanda debido a la epidemia de dengue que afecta el país.

Necesita generar más ingreso, ya que no solo sus tres hijos continúan su educación, sino que su esposa de 48 años ha reanudado sus estudios secundarios.

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About Fundación Paraguaya

Fundación Paraguaya is a financially self-sustaining social enterprise that promotes entrepreneurship in urban and rural areas through microfinance, education programs, and more. Its focus on agriculture has helped many farmers boost their crop yields. And a number of other borrowers have taken out loans to start and grow social businesses that have helped deliver eyeglasses, medicines and other helpful services in their local communities.

About Paraguay

  • $8,400
    Average annual income
  • 61
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  • $33,479,050
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $200 helped Victor to buy 2 pieces of leather and 20 liters of citronella.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 6, 2007
May 23, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 6, 2008