A loan of $1,625 helped a member invest in meat, flour, corn, potatoes, bread-based products, pasta, dairy products, candy, apparel items, drinks, underwear, fruit and vegetables.

Espiritu Santo Group's story

In the city of Yaguarón, Km. 56, 5 miles from the Department of Paraguarí, a group of women got together to form a committee to request for a loan. From that idea, a meeting was coordinated to learn more about the program. Right after that, they agreed to the conditions of the same as this meant a great opportunity to increase their work capital and receive training. They are hard working women and they've never received any financial aid.
The committee is called Espíritu Santo (Holy Spirit). This group is composed by 17 women; they work every day to improve their quality of life as well as their families’. All the members are very energetic women, who have already invested the money in their specific activities.
One of the most common activities in this group is Delci A.’s. She owns a stand in front of her house where she sells apparel clothing. She also sells dress shoes and sport shoes. All her products are sold at fair prices and she has a regular clientele.
Alicia P. – Grocery store / Ma. Concepción C. – Milk retail / Amelia C. – School supplies retail / Liz S. – Employee / Delci A. – Apparel clothing retail / Vivian L. – underwear retail / Celina P. – habersashery / Antonia E. – drinks retail / Miguela P. – Employee / Máxima F. Apparel clothing retail / Juana S. – Door to door sales woman / Elisa L. – Street vendor / Anastacia S. – Food retail / Sebastiana R. – door to door sales woman / Elvira C. – Food retail / Liz L. – Party items/snack food / Mercedes F. – Grocery store

In this group: Alicia, Ma. Concepción, Amelia, Liz, Delci, Vivian, Celina, Antonia, Miguela, Máxima, Juana, Elisa, Anastacia, Elvira, Sebastiana, Liz, Mercedes*
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jimena Lopez

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