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Ursina is 55 years old. She is single and has no children. She is an architect and although she works in her profession, her biggest source of income comes from the three passenger buses she owns and runs as a business.

She tells us that she started in the transportation business 13 years ago ago when her mother died, which forced her to look for something with which to pass the time since she was going through a rough period.

This is how she got the idea of buying a bus to offer transportation services throughout the city of Itá. First she bought a bus with the savings she had, and then she hired a chauffeur, while she worked as a security guard for the passengers on the bus. Later, due to the success of her business, she had the opportunity to acquire two other buses, and to date, she has three buses that continue to make these trips.

The loan she is requesting is to purchase new roofing for one of her buses.

Translated from Spanish by Mayra Gould, Kiva volunteer.

Ursina tiene 55 años, es soltera y no tiene hijos. Es arquitecta y aunque aún ejerce su profesión, su mayor fuente de ingresos económicos lo constituyen los tres autobuses de pasajeros que son de su propiedad.

Comenta que se inició en el negocio del transporte hace 13 años atrás, cuando falleció su madre, motivo que la obligó a buscar algo con qué distraerse para hacer pasar el mal momento que dicha situación le ocasionó.

Tal es así que surgió la idea de comprar un autobús que hacía su itinerario por diferentes pueblos de la ciudad de Itá. En un principio adquirió un bus con los ahorros que tenía guardados y contrató a un chofer, mientras ella oficiaba de guarda (persona que cobra el pasaje). Más adelante, debido al éxito de su negocio, tuvo la oportunidad de adquirir otros dos transportes más y a la fecha cuenta con tres unidades que continúan haciendo dichos viajes.

En esta oportunidad necesita de un préstamo para la compra de cubiertas nuevas de uno de sus buses.

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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
  • 135
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  • $31,646,450
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,670.0
    Paraguay Guarani (PYG) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,075 helped Ursina to purchase a new roof for one of her buses. (compra de cubiertas nuevas).
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 7, 2008
Dec 23, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 24, 2008