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Venancia Graciela A. Carballo, 31, is a mother of two children aged 12 and 9. She owns a despensa (Spanish for 'pantry') in her house where she sells products such as wine, tomato sauce and pasta. In addition to her despensa, she just began to sell meat a week ago in order to increase her earnings. She purchases the meat from the market and then prepares the meat for its various purposes. She prepares and sells the meat that is used for milanesa, a popular sandwich, and also for other dishes. Thus far, her meat sales have been very successful because she has many clients who purchase the meat from her despensa.

In a way, Venancia is continuing a family business as her mother used to own a despensa and after she closed hers, Venancia decided to open a despensa of her own. It has been just two years since Venancia started her despensa. Before this, she was a housewife and took care of the children.

Venancia is seeking a $300 loan to purchase merchandise from the market in Itá for her new business.

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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.

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  • $8,400
    Average annual income
  • 56
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  • $33,516,125
    Funds lent in using Kiva
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    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $300 helped Venancia purchase meat.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 13, 2007
Aug 30, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 3, 2008