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Kuña Arandu Group's story

The women commitee Kuña Arandu was launched on 23rd June 2009, thanks to Ms. Petrona J., who went to the offices of Fundación Paraguaya to learn about the program, contacted a loan officer to form a new group and managed to unite 16 women who are very happy working, with a lot of hard work and dedication, already in their 3rd loan cycle, in a joint and co responsible manner in the program.

They all work hard at raising funds, help each other reach the common goals they all share within the group and with Fundación Paraguaya. They take part in weekly meetings and show great solidarity in their work together.

Ms. Gregoria R. is one of the members and she performs one of the traditional jobs of the ITA area, that is, crafts such as Ñandutí embroidery [a type of traditional embroidery in Paraguay, distinctive because it is embroidered following rays that depart from the center of the fabric. Ñandutí is the guaraní word for spider web]. It is one of the most admired crafts by tourists in Paraguay and Ms. Gregoria does it continuously and sells it in several places. She does this work as well as housework, but she has her children's help. Even though she is a very self-sacrificing woman, she is thankful for the work she has which helps her family progress in a dignified manner. She used the loan to buy embroidery threads and fabric.

1 Gregoria M. R. Ñandutí crafts and sales. 2 Gilda A. Crafts sales. 3 Claudia E. Crafts sales. 4 Petrona J. Food sales. 5 Blanca E. Crafts sales. 6 Marcelina A. Crafts sales. 7 Luz Marina Alarcón Crafts sales. 8 Rumilda E. Crafts sales. 9 Benicia E. Groceries sales. 10 Delia R. Ñandutí crafts sales. 11 Laura F. Crafts sales. 12 Nadia Z. Food sales. 13 Carolina M. Dressmaking. 14 Angelina E. Raising and selling pigs. 15 Georgia O. Food sales. 16 Noelia Rodriguez Haberdasher's store.

In this group: Gregoria, Gilda , Claudia, Petrona, Blanca, Maecelina, Luz Marina, Rumilda, Benicia, Delia, Laura, Nadia, Carolina, Angelina, Georgia
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Cecilia Piris



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