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Graciela P. is married to Miguel Mercado and has three children (Alejandro, Alexander who is 6 years old and Tania who is 11 years old). Her husband is a carpenter and makes wood bodywork for trucks. They dream that their children become dental and nursing professionals. Currently, they all study. Graciela says that she began in her profession when she was young since she was raised by her grandmother, who sold “chipas” (cheese bread snack), and she helped her in the kitchen. She now has her own business and sells basic necessities. The loan that she is requesting will be used for the expansion of her shop so that she can have a pantry. They hope that their country has new politicians who are interested more in the people.

Translated from Spanish by Kate Divjak, Kiva volunteer.

La Sra.Graciela P. està casada con el Sr.Miguel Mercado y tienen 3 hijos (Alejandro,Alexander de 6 años y Tania de 11 años de edad). Su marido es carpintero y fabrica carrocerias de madera para camiones. Sueñan que sus hijos sean profecionales odontologos y enfermera, actualmente todos estudian.
La Sra. manifesto que se inicio en este oficio desde muy pequeña ya que se crio con su abuela, quien vendía chipas y ella le ayudaba en la cosina. Actualmente ya cuenta con su propio negocio y ademàs vende articulos de primera necesidad.
El credito solicitado serà destinado a la ampliaciòn de su local comercial y de esa forma tener una despensa.
Esperan que nuestro pais tenga nuevos gobernantes que se interesen màs por el pueblo.

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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.

About Paraguay

  • $8,400
    Average annual income
  • 77
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    Paraguay Loans Fundraising
  • $35,099,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,332.9
    Paraguay Guarani (PYG) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $600 helped Graciela to expand and improve her shop.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 28, 2008
Apr 13, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 15, 2009