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María is 46 years old. She is married to Adolfo; they have been married for 18 years and had 3 children, one of which passed away. She has been a businesswoman for the past 14 years. She has two commercial spaces that are located in the municipal market, where she sells medicinal herbs for wholesale and retail purchases. She sells chamomile, boldo, anise, dill, saffron, flax seed, herbs, ointments, syrups, and other natural products. She started with a small store. doing retail sales. Little by little she has grown her customer base, with much sacrifice, dedication and help from her family. She said that right now she has a lot of competition, and knows that she will need to improve her prices and provide great service in order to retain her customers. With her charisma and friendly nature, she helps customers along side her husband and her children who also help. She requested a loan to buy chamomile, boldo, anise, dill, saffron, flax seed and other medicinal herbs. This will allow her to stock her stores, which will help her to have a good variety of products to offer her customers.
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La Sra. María, tiene 46 años, está casada con el Sr. Adolfo hace 18 años, del matrimonio nacieron tres hijos, de los cuales uno falleció.
La Sra. María Teresa es comerciante hace más de 14 años, tiene dos salones comerciales en el Mercado Municipal donde vende especies al por mayor y menor como: manzanillas, boldo, anís, eneldo, azafrán, semilla de lino, hierbas medicinales, pomadas, jarabes, entre otros productos naturales. Comenzó con un pequeño local con ventas al menudeo, poco a poco fue creciendo con la clientela que formaba con mucho sacrificio, empeño y la ayuda de su familia. Comenta que en esta época tiene mucha competencia por lo que hay que mejorar los precios y el servicio para mantener a la clientela. Ella con su carisma y amabilidad atiende personalmente junto con marido y también ayudan los hijos.
Ella solicita el crédito para la compra de manzanilla, boldo, anís, eneldo, azafrán, semilla de lino, hierbas medicinales, etc., con lo que podrá abastecerse y de esa forma tener buena variedad que ofrecer a sus clientes.

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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
  • 24
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  • $33,435,850
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,290.0
    Paraguay Guarani (PYG) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,275 helped Maria to buy chamomile, boldo, anise, dill, saffron, flax seed, and other medicinal herbs.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 20, 2012
Apr 25, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 15, 2013