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Hermelinda is 59 years old, married to a construction worker, and has two older children.

Erma, as she is called by her clients and friends, has a diner and a small grocery store. She provides breakfast, lunch and snacks to paper factory workers located close to her house.

She owned a grocery store and a butcher shop, but it was robbed three times and she was forced to close her business. After one year with out any business, the factory opened and Erma started selling fast food and later full meals.

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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
  • 97
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    Paraguay Loans Fundraising
  • $32,366,075
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 5,050.0
    Paraguay Guarani (PYG) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Hermelinda purchase supplies.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 8, 2009
Jun 1, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 15, 2010