A loan of $4,175 helped a member destined for the purchase of basic need items as well as cleaning supplies, hardware, groceries, beverages and sweets at wholesale for subsequent resale.

Mujeres Unidas 3 Group's story

The committee was started by Mr. Bilviano Cabrera, ex-member of the Men’s Solidarity Group of Fundación Paraguaya. He notified his neighbors and friends to form a committee in the community.

It is called “Mujeres Unidas 3” (United Women 3). It’s in its 12th cycle. It is a group that stands out in the neighborhood for being very united, mutually supportive and responsible. They have a great entrepreneurial spirit in that they carry out fund raising activities for the group like fried chicken sales and raffles.

Alice is one of the group members. She has had a grocery store for several years so she has an established customer base thanks to the quality of her products and the accessibility of her prices.

She wants to expand the business and get higher income buying non perishable as well as daily use items at wholesale. Some of the items she mentions are: packaged noodles, bulk food items, canned goods, beverages, cleaning supplies, kitchen supplies, hardware, toys, etc. She wants to buy everything at wholesale so that she can keep her prices low thus obtaining higher income by lessening her costs.

In this group: Alice, Juana, Cármen, María, Mirtha, Elisa, Felicita, Lucy, Isabel, Blanca, Ramona, Maribel, Inocencia, Marisel, Catalina, Ana, Nancy, Isabel, Margarita, Nisa, Juana*, Agueda*, Blanca*, Claudelina*
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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