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María Z. is 28 years old and has been married for 8 years to Alexis Gómez, who is 36. The couple have two children; one is 6 years old and in 1st grade in a school in the city and the younger one is a year old.

For the past 4 years Alexis has been working in Spain and comes once a year to visit his family. María says that this is a painful situation as she struggles to raise her two small daughters by herself. Alexis sends money from his job every month. He emigrated to Spain in search of work since there were few job opportunities in Paraguay and he was forced to take extreme measures to get ahead.

With the money her husband sent, María set up a general store in her house. In this way she generates extra income without having to leave home and without neglecting her children, who are still small.

Since the income from the store is good, María would like to invest more into it and for this reason, she is asking for a loan with which to buy a greater quantity and variety of merchandise, such as: handbags, candles, wallets, toys, shoes, jewelry, cushions, vases, sheets, and other things that her customers have requested on various occasions.

Translated from Spanish by Molly Puglisi, Kiva volunteer.

La señora María Z. de 28 años de edad esta casada hace 8 años con el señor Alexis Gómez de 36 años, el matrimonio tiene dos hijos, uno de 6 años que ya va a al 1er. grado en una escuela de la ciudad y el otro más pequeño de 1 año.

Hace 4 años Alexis está trabajando en España, y viene una vez al año a visitar a su familia, María cuenta que es muy dolorosa esta situación, pues ella sola debe luchar con sus hijas pequeñas para salir adelante. Alexis le envía mensualmente dinero de su trabajo, el emigro a este país en busca de trabajo pues la escasez de fuentes de trabajo en nuestro país lo obligo a buscar medidas extremas para conseguir salir adelante.

Del dinero que le envió su marido, María monto una despensa en su casa, de este modo genera un ingreso extra sin salir de su casa, y sin descuidar la crianza de sus hijos que aún son muy pequeños.

Como el margen de ganancias es muy interesante, María desea invertir más en su despensa y es por ello que ella solicita un crédito con el que podrá adquirir una mayor cantidad y variedad de mercaderías como: carteras, veladores, kits de billeteras, juguetes, zapatos, bijouterie, almohadones, jarrones, sábanas, entre otras cosas que sus clientes ya le han solicitado en varias ocasiones.

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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
  • 52
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    Paraguay Loans Fundraising
  • $38,032,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,332.9
    Paraguay Guarani (PYG) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,175 helped Maria buy handbags, candles, wallets, toys, shoes, jewelry, cushions, vases, sheets and other goods.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 7, 2008
Apr 13, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 15, 2009