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El Progreso Group
In this Group: Norma, Gladys, Bernardina, Emilce, Inocencia, María, Agustina, Catalina, Dora, Sandra, Viviana, Magali, Rosa, Alejandrina*, Francisca*
* not pictured
This group, from the city of Paraguarí, is in its eighth loan cycle. The members joined together in the hopes of being able to help their families and that each of their businesses will be able to grow every day. They want to eliminate poverty by helping everyone.
One of the members is Sra. Sandra. With great hard work and sacrifice every day, she works and fights for her family. Her main job is chipa sales. Chipa is a traditional [cheesy bread] Paraguayan dish that is sold in every season; it always sells well. Sandra tells us that she already has a good clientele and this helps her a lot.
She is requesting this loan to invest in the purchase of chipa so that she can sell it and keep investing in her business, which is her family's source of income.
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En su ciclo 8 se encuentra este grupo de la ciudad de Paraguarí, ellas se unieron con la esperanza de poder ayudar a sus familias y poder crecer cada una en su emprendimiento. Están haciendo la encuesta de eliminación de pobreza como medio de ayuda para todas.
Una de las integrantes es la Sra. Sandra, quien con mucho esfuerzo y sacrificio día a día trabaja y lucha por s familia, su trabajo principal es la venta de chipa, el cual es un alimento típico paraguayo. La chipa se vende todo el tiempo en el año, es por eso que siempre tiene buena venta., además de eso comenta que ya tiene una clientela y que eso le ayuda mucho.
Solicita de este crédito para poder invertirlo en la compra de chipas, para poder venderlas y así seguir invirtiendo en su emprendimiento, que es el sostén de su familia.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

This loan is part of the innovative “Poverty Stoplight” program developed by Fundación Paraguaya for women living in poverty. A “stoplight” measurement tool is used to help borrowers self-identify the type of poverty that affects them most (lack of income, dearth of financial opportunities, poor living conditions etc.). Borrowers rate 50 areas of their life as green (not poor), yellow (poor) or red (extremely poor). Together with their loan officer, they come up with a plan to resolve yellow and red indicators. Through this program, Fundación Paraguaya hopes to lift 9,000 women and their families out of poverty by 2017.

To learn more about this unique approach to eliminating poverty, you can read this article on Fundación Paraguaya’s website.

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.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.


About Paraguay

  • $8,400
    Average annual income
  • 136
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    Paraguay Loans Fundraising
  • $31,646,450
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,452.4
    Paraguay Guarani (PYG) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of El Progreso Group's $4,575 loan helped a member to buy chipa for sale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
9 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 29, 2013
Jun 27, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 17, 2014