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Mujeres Unidas Group
In this Group: Miguela, Valeria, Zunilda, Adelaida*, Delia, Rafaela*, Demesia, Gloria, Petrona, Dominga, Mariza, Lisa*, Miryan, Erodita, Maria, Fermina, Felicia
* not pictured
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This committee has as its name “Mujeres Trabajadoras” (“Hard-Working Women”), and was formed thanks to the coming together of several enterprising ladies from the city of Ypané. This city is about 30 minutes from Villa Elisa, which is where the regional offices of Fundación Paraguaya are located.

Mujeres Trabajadoras is one of the highest-qualifying groups in that city’s offices; its members are very responsible and organized. All of the women are married and, despite having to fill the roles of both homemakers and mothers, they also manage their small businesses to earn additional income for their families.

They also conduct activities to increase their savings, and to help out any group members who may need assistance due to sickness or other challenges. A few months ago, the son of one member fell gravely ill and required very expensive medications. The group members decided to support her, helping to buy the needed medicines out of their own savings.

Fourteen of the seventeen total members can be found in the photograph taken of the group. They dedicate themselves to sales of items such as food/meals, natural remedies, beef, desserts and candy, poultry, metal crafts and charcoal.

They would like to obtain a loan to be able to invest in their small businesses, purchasing merchandise, supplies, and tools for their activities as well as ingredients for their food preparation needs.

Translated from Spanish by Mary Lynn, Kiva Volunteer.

Este comité lleva por nombre Mujeres Trabajadoras, la misma se formo gracias a la unión de varias mujeres emprendedoras del 29 de Agosto de la ciudad de Ypané, esta ciudad queda a menos de 30 minutos de la ciudad de Villa Elisa, lugar en donde esta una de las oficinas regionales de la Fundación Paraguaya.

Mujeres Trabajadoras es uno de los comités con mejor calificación en la oficina de esa ciudad, las señoras son mujeres muy responsables y organizadas. Todas son mujeres casadas que a pesar de tener que cumplir con su rol de amas de casa y madres, también manejan sus microempresas para poder generar mayores ingresos en sus hogares.

Ellas además realizan actividades para incrementar sus ahorros, también para ayudar a alguna de las integrantes que necesite en caso de enfermedad o alguna otra cosa. Hace unos meses el hijo de una de las integrantes estuvo gravemente enfermo y los medicamentos eran muy caros, por los que todas decidieron ayudarla y fueron solidarias con ella, comprándole los medicamentos con el ahorro que juntaron todas.

En la fotografía tomada, se encuentran las 14 de las 17 integrantes que conforman este comité. Ellas se dedican a los siguientes rubros: venta de comidas, despensas, venta de remedios naturales, venta de carnes, venta de tortas y dulces, venta de pollos, venta de artesanías en metales, venta de carbón, y venta de carbón.

Ellas desean adquirir un nuevo crédito para poder invertirlos en sus microempresas, comprando mercaderías para sus ventas, insumos y herramientas para realizar sus actividades e ingredientes para elaborar sus comidas.

Additional Information

About Fundación Paraguaya

Fundación Paraguaya is a financially self-sustaining social enterprise that promotes entrepreneurship in urban and rural areas through microfinance, education programs, and more. Its focus on agriculture has helped many farmers boost their crop yields. And a number of other borrowers have taken out loans to start and grow social businesses that have helped deliver eyeglasses, medicines and other helpful services in their local communities.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Paraguay

  • $8,400
    Average annual income
  • 85
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    Paraguay Loans Fundraising
  • $35,137,850
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,375.3
    Paraguay Guarani (PYG) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Mujeres Unidas Group's $3,750 loan helped a member purchase of meats, sugar, rice, vegetables, cheese, eggs, oil, noodles, charcoal, clothes, etc.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
5 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 27, 2008
Apr 11, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 14, 2008