A loan of $3,700 helped a member to buy flour, eggs, cheese, oil, rice, sugar, pasta, salt and yerba (an herb) and to buy meat (pork, beef, chicken). To buy cassava, fruit and vegetables, drinks, sodas, soft drinks and sweets, etc.

Mujeres Al Poder Group's story

This committee was formed by Maria Lidia S. and Alicia D. who had come to the office of the Fundación Paraguaya (Paraguayan Foundation) to find out more about the program of the Entrepreneurial Women’s Committee. They invited their friends and acquaintances from the neighborhood and decided to put their different businesses together to get ahead and improve their standards of living. There are 23 (twenty-three) hardworking and humble women who need to make their living every day.
They are independent in their businesses, but Rafaela sells food and drinks and needs a loan to increase the production of her food, and also to improve the quality of what she offers her customers. She dreams of being able to prosper and have a large business where she can increase her income.

In this group: Alicia Ramona, Lis, Rosalba, Gloria, Maria Lidia, Ubaldina, Graciela, Lina, Maria Fatima, Rosa, Adolfina, Gloria, Griselda, Gilda, Mariana, Fermina, Maria Dora, Rafaela, Maria Dora, Liria, Luz, Digna, Maria Agustina*

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Miriam Palacio

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