A loan of $3,600 helped a member to buy fabrics and thread for embroidering.

San Miguel Group's story

This group is called “San Miguel” and consists of 15 women who have respectable reputations and are well-remembered as capable individuals who have strived all of their lives to achieve a better future. These women are from the city of Villarrica. All of them are neighbors and friends. They meet every 15 days in order to support and help one another in various tasks that will develop their financial situations. Many of them are merchants (selling sewing supplies as traveling vendors, managing food stores from their homes, or selling fruits and vegetables). Some of them make handicrafts out of “ao po’i” (a fine cotton cloth unique to Paraguay that is used for embroideries). The women are very pleased with their participation in the program because the microloans from the organization have helped to improve their financial ventures.

Sra. Rosalina makes clothes and woven items out of “ao po’i” since these Paraguayan crafts are well-appreciated by the locals and admired for their beauty by those who live outside of the country. Her business requires great sacrifice because she does not always have good sales. She relies mostly on seasonal sales. However, she tries to maintain her customer base for each season so that she can keep her business afloat.

Rosalina is always prepared when it comes to her sales ability. For this reason, people greatly appreciate her and are not willing to do business with other craft vendors. Her dream is to someday have her own shop where she can sell woven crafts and clothes made of “ao po’i”. Rosalina is now requesting a loan from Fundación Paraguaya and Kiva so that she can buy the fabrics and thread that she needs to continue producing.

In this group: Ana Epifania, Ana Maria, Delma, Marciana, Edith, Juana, Rosalina, Zoraida, Liz Karina, Encarnación, Teresa, Zuni, Tomasa, Olinda, Lucia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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