A loan of $4,350 helped a member to purchase ingredients for chipas, such as: starch, yucca starch, cheese, squash, and corn meal.

Kuña Aty Group's story

Description: the women of the Kuña Aty (Unión de Mujeres) committee are from the San Francisco neighborhood of the city of Caacupe. All of the women work at making and selling chipas [a traditional cheese bread] on a large scale. All of them work in their own homes making the products and later they go out to various points of the city of Asuncion to sell them.

Previously, the women's committee program worked commercially but in a smaller scale. That is why these days, with the formation of the business women's committee, there is an attitude of belonging from keeping up with the requirements that the committee makes of them.

One of the women is Miguela, who, with the help of her whole family, makes her delicious chipas every day starting very early, since she has to deliver the orders to the resalers. With her her family, she works very hard. She wants very much to get ahead, especially since her children are studying for their professions. In this way she is improving her income and her quality of life. She is asking for this loan to purchase ingredients to make her product, such as starch, cheese, oil, squash and others.

The loan will facilitate the work and increase the capital that each woman has. In this way, they will be able to satisfy their needs, investing in their small businesses that will generate more income for the family unit.

In this group: Miguela , Claudia, Agustina , Esmelda, Ygnacia, María, Mariela, María, Epifania, Hilaria, Felicita, Eduvigis, Guardina, Mirian*, Feliciana*
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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