A loan of $3,150 helped a member to buy bottles and cardboard for subsequent resale.

Mujeres Activas Group's story

This committee was formed thanks to Andrea who had heard about Fundación Paraguaya’s Mujeres Emprendedoras [Enterprising Women] program. She informed herself and then commented to her girlfriends and neighbors about the topic. They gladly decided to form their group. From that the “Mujeres Activas” (Active Women) group arose with 18 members who are all very active and hardworking.

Andrea, the group’s precursor, comments that she works tirelessly walking throughout the streets because her work is very demanding: she’s a recycler. She collects all types of recyclable material like plastic bottles, cardboard and paper which with much effort she’s able to use to support her family. She comments that she’s very proud of what she does because it’s a honorable, honest job.

She requests the loan to buy bottles and cardboard in quantity to later resell at wholesale because this will leave a larger profit margin. She’s very grateful for the opportunity she’s given because it’s an opportunity for progress for her.

In this group: Ediltrudis Isabel, Perla, Andrea, Mirna, Leonidas, Norma, Felipa, Dominga, Nora, Fatima, Liz, Rufina, Gladys, Marìa, Romina, Idalina, Nemesia, Reina*
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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