A loan of $3,125 helped a member to buy the premium materials for the production of Chipas, a favorite Paraguayan bread snack made from starch, cheese, vegetable oil, and flour. Some women need to buy clothes to sell or food merchandise for the grocery stores. Sugar, meat, yerba, flour, milk, and different types of refreshments, water, beer, and sodas are in high demand in their stores.

Comité Ytumí Group's story

The Ytumí Committee is comprised of 27 working women of the city of Caacupé. They all own and operate small informal businesses which were aided a while back by the program of the Committee of Women Entrepreneurs. Each woman benefited from a mid-size loan of $858.000 Guaranies, about $180 USD.

The first meetings of the committee were held in the house of Rosa O. and it was there that they established ground rules and the central theme of this newly formed organization for women entrepreneurs. All women were to attend the weekly meetings on time for training and to make their loan payments.

The committee decided to undertake a project of helping to eradicate two things in the community. The first was to eliminate the breeding grounds for mosquitoes infected with Dengue, a sometimes fatal disease. At the Fundación Paraguay Office in Caacupe the women cleaned the patio, sidewalks, and streets around the neighborhood.

The second activity is to combat the other sickness that affects not only their neighborhood, but also the rest of the country; crime. Their efforts along with other organizations, demonstrate that there are united, organized people who are prepared to help one another. Gerómina commented that the only way to combat these two evils is to be united and work in groups.

With this loan Gerómina and the other women will continue to expand their businesses. They are working to become a united force in the community who will influence others in their community to have pride for their neighborhood and their country.

In this group: Gerónima, Antonia*, Fermina*, Rosa*, Florinda, Isabel, Presentación, Maria, Marina, Virginia, Rosalba, Madrona, Pascuela, Irene, Gladys, Luciana, Lilian
*not pictured

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