A loan of $4,525 helped a member to buy ingredients for making 'chipas' (bread), such as starch, cheese, milk, firewood, etc.

Nuevo Amanecer Group's story

This committee was set up by Miss Maria Fatima M. in the San José neighborhood of the city. The committee was named “Nuevo Amanecer” (New Dawn) and it is currently in its seventh loan cycle with 19 members. It is a group of very responsible and hard-working ladies. They carry out a number of different business activities.

Some of the members already had work before becoming part of the 'Comité de Mujeres Emprendedoras' (Committee of Enterprising Women) and joined the group so that they could improve their businesses. Others, however, are just starting out with their first business activity.

The women would like to thank Fundación Paraguaya for the initiative since through it they have managed to develop their ability to work.

All of the members of the group carry out independent business activities but help and hard work are something they share.

The committee is made up of very selfless women who have fought all their lives to get their families ahead in life, in spite of the obstacles which are always to be found.

Here we can mention the case of Agustina who has been selling 'chipa' (a typical Paraguayan bread) for several years. She gets up very early in the morning to prepare her 'chipa' so that she can go out and sell it. She sells her product as a street trader. Her niece and husband help her with her sales.

Agustina would like to give special thanks to Fundación Paraguaya for the support which they have provided because it has enabled her to acquire more capital and thereby expand her business as she now has more 'chipa' sellers. She has been able to use this capital to buy ingredients such as cheese, yucca starch, corn flour and firewood for preparing her 'chipas'.

In this group: Maria, M. Fatima, Celestina, Sergia, M. Estela, M, Ester , Myrian, M. Catalina, Agustina*, Estefana, Diana, Purificación, Ramona, Lizza, Cinthia, Andresa, Digna, Carmen*, Jhoana
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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