A loan of $2,450 helped a member to buy clothes and shoes.

Grupo Unidas Group's story

Maria Isabel lived on the banks of the River Paraguay with her parents and five siblings (three brothers and two sisters) since she was a little girl. Her father was a fisherman and her mother sold fish.

Each time the river rose they had to leave their home because it would end up under water. Back then there was still no retaining wall. Isabel could only study up to her third year of secondary education because when she was 15 her father abandoned the family and, as the eldest daughter, she had to work to help her mom raise her siblings.

Maria Isabel started working as a cleaner. At the age of 19 she had her first child and had to go and work on a farm stay as a cook in order to be able to raise her child.

Isabel currently lives in San Francisco neighborhood, in the city of Concepción with her partner, 32 year-old Carlos Alberto, who works as an assistant chainsaw operator. They have two children: 15 year-old Daysi and 8 year-old José Miguel. She currently works selling clothes and shoes.

Isabel is a member of the 'Grupo Unidas' committee which has 19 members who all want to escape the poverty that they live in with their families. However, in order to achieve this they need the financial help of Kiva through Fundación Paraguaya. They are requesting this loan so that they can make progress, make more income and enjoy a better quality of life. Isabel will invest her loan in buying clothes and shoes for resale, bearing in mind that purchasing goods in large quantities reduces costs and increases profits.

In this group: Maria Isabel, Eugenia Elizabeth, Nilsa Josefina, Myrian Blanca, Monica Elisa, Blasia, Maria Liz, Maria, Crispina Estefania, Lidia Rosa, Cynthia Noemi, Sandra Leticia, Ismelda, Santa, Nicasia, Nelida, Maria Elena, Teodora, Elena*
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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