A loan of $1,675 helped a member thread, pig feed, cornmeal, cheese, eggs, fabric, meat, flour, sugar, bread, vegetables, fruits, dairy products, beverages, candy, etc.


San José Group's story

In the city of Yaguarón, some 15 km away from the Oficina de Paraguarí, a group called San José was formed, named by the group members who live in the neighborhood with the same name. After familiarizing themselves with the rules and regulations of the Comite de Mujeres Emprendedoras (Committee of Enterprising Women) of Fundacion Paraguaya, the accepted the terms and joined this group because of the numerous benefits the program offers. The group is comprised of 16 active and selfless women, who are now in their sixth loan cycle. They make sacrifices so that they can get ahead since they have all invested in their respective businesses. Thanks to those investments, they have considerably improved their and their families’ quality of life.


The group members are:

Juana S.: General store
Edith M.: Housekeeper
Cecilia D.: Charcoal sales
Rossana C.: Food sales
Vidalina O.: Food sales
Elva V.: Fruit and vegetable sales
Leonida T.: Housekeeper
Olga Y.: Fruit, vegetable, and meat sales
Elva O.: Seamstress
Amada G.: Pig farmer
Salustiana Orué: Kiosk
Ignacia D.: Street vendor
Rocio A.: Food sales
Ma. Felisa O.: Seamstress
Gladys C.: Beverage and pork sales
Nancy Gómez: Fruit and vegetable sales

In this group: Juana, Edith, Cecilia, Rossana, Vidalina, Elva*, Leonida, Olga , Elva, Amada, Salustiana, Ignacia, Rocio, Maria Felisa, Gladys, Nancy
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Casian



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