A loan of $2,800 helped a member purchase of goods for sale such as: Christmas items, Herbal Remedies, and Food Ingredients.

Mujeres Trabajando Juntas Group's story

The "Mujeres Trabajando Juntas" (Women Working Together) village bank has been in existence for two years and works with the Fundación Paraguaya. Most of its members are already working productively, but two of its members are women who have yet to begin activities. The activities they carry out include the sale of fruits and vegetables, sale of home-made foods such as meat, chicken and ham empanadas (savory pastries); the sale of various goods like noodles, sugar, flour, oil, and ham; and articles such as clothing, home remedies and others. They dream of a better future for their children, and for this reason work twice as hard to provide them with the things they need for their development and education.

One example is that of Doña Francisca, a seller of medicinal herbs who goes to the market early in the morning to buy her merchandise and hurries back to sell it among the shops and households in different neighborhoods in the city of Asunción. She is much loved by her clients, and the same ones always buy her products, says Doña Francisca, who in turn thanks the Fundación Paraguaya for supporting her in her work which maintains her family of ten.

In this group: Maria, Maria Angelica, Pastora, Celia, Hermelinda, Maria, Ana, Jacinta, Estela, Fulvia, Lourdes, Marta, Francisca, Deidamia, Hesun, Juana, Sara

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Megan and David Kaisel

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