A loan of $850 helped a member purchase ao po´i fabric.

Mujeres Activas Group's story

This committee was formed thanks to Mrs. Carmen Ramona V. Gimenez, who lives in the city of Villarrica. They enthusiastically agreed to form a Women Entrepreneurs Committee, naming it the "Mujeres Activas" ('Active Women') committee."

They work in handcrafts, making clothing, tablecloths, shirts, etc. and many other creations inherited from their mothers and grandmothers, who passed this knowledge from generation to generation. Many of the members also work in small businesses, so the help offered them by Fundación Paraguaya was very important to them. It is worth pointing out that through the committee they were able to increase their earnings and improve their living conditions even more everyday.

One of the members is Carmen, who makes and sells ao po´i handicrafts (ao po´i is a special cotton fabric used for making handcrafted items). She makes shirts, dresses, tablecloths and other items, and they are much admired by other people, which makes them sell quickly.

Carmen is very hardworking and says that she will continue working and is very happy to be able to help her family. She is asking for the loan to buy ao po´i cloth.

It is important to mention that some of the women make items that are exported to many countries.

In this group: Carmen , Balbina, Blanca, Paola, Gloria, Norma, Norma, Felipa, Elena, Mirta, Carmen, Ana*, Maria*
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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