A loan of $2,050 helped a member to buy medicinal herbs.

Mujeres Fuertes Group's story

The group "Mujeres Fuertes" (Strong Women) is in its first loan cycle. Four of its members report income levels below the poverty line. All of the women in this group are very dedicated to working together and fighting to help each other improve their lives and the lives of their families.

One of the group members, Ester, was found to have "level 2" poverty in the last poverty elimination survey conducted by the institution. Ester fights on a daily basis to work hard for her family, to give them all of the things that they need. She sells natural remedies, and although it is a tough job she has been improving her economic condition and wants to continue dedicating herself to this work.

Ester is asking for this loan in order to buy more natural remedies such as mate (traditional local drink), which is consumed a lot in Paraguay. This will help her to grow her business and improve her earnings.

In this group: Ledy, Erika, Feliciana, Maida, Ester, Fatima, Irma, Lourdes, Cinthia, Maria, Sergia, Josefina, Ana, Victoria, Graciela

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kaitlyn Godfrey

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