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Rafael is 63 years old. He is married and has three adult children who work with him in his shop making straw brooms. He has been doing this with his family for more than 30 years and, as a child, he used to work with his father, from who he inherited this business.
Besides his children, two other persons work in his shop, so it provides work for two families. His goal is to continue to grow the shop, now that his brooms are selling well, despite the competition from plastic brooms.
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El señor Rafael Riquelme tiene 63 años , es casado tienen tres hijos adultos, con quines trabajan en el Taller confeccionando Escobas de Pajas este trabajo los viene realizando desde hace mas de 30 años con su familias pero ya desde joven trabajaba con su Padre de quien Heredo este oficio .
Aporte de sus hijos estan trabajando 2 personas mas con ellos o sea da mano de obra a dos familias mas..La idea de el es ir creciendo el Taller ya que su producto tiene mucha salida y pesar de la competencia con la esobas de plasticos.

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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.

About Paraguay

  • $8,400
    Average annual income
  • 51
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    Paraguay Loans Fundraising
  • $37,911,075
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,655.0
    Paraguay Guarani (PYG) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,150 helped Rafael purchase supplies for manufacture of brooms.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 27, 2010
Feb 13, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 15, 2011