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Virgen Del Carmen Group's story

This group was formed by Teresa P. and Aurelia Bogarín who had approached the office of “Fundación Paraguaya” (Paraguay Foundation) to find out more about the “Comité de Mujeres Emprendedoras” (Committee of Entrepreneurial Women). The ladies decided to invite their neighborhood friends to become involved in group work in order to get ahead and improve their lifestyles. They are 18 humble, but hardworking women who must earn a daily living.

They each run their business independently; businesses such as clothing sales, different types of food sales, general stores, and pantry stores. They also have crops and they sell their products. They sell cleaning products, general merchandise, charcoal, cassava, knickknacks, etc.

Teresa, one of the members, and she makes men’s and ladies’ clothing. She’s been doing this for several years and she has a good number of customers who solicit her services, based on their needs. This is very hard work and it causes much eye strain, but Teresa tells us, “This is the profession I chose and this is what I know how to do.” She also says that this is how she is able to help her family. Aside from the orders she receives from her customers, she also makes clothing that she offers to various

In this group: Teresa , Liz, Aurelia, Blanca, Edelida, Maria, Graciela, Laura, Del Rosario, Celsa, Celia, Miria, Graciela, Nicasia, Blanca, Lucelia, Eulogia, Maria Ilda

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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