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Mujeres Unidas Group
In this Group: Alba, Marina, Teresa, Romy, Higinia, Pablina, Carmen, Felipa, Leticia, Betty, Lourdes, Blanca, Julia, Justina, Wilma, Marlene*, Liz*
* not pictured
The members of the group called "Mujeres Unidas" are from the city of Caaguazú. They are in their third loan cycle in the women's group program, where everyone works and helps one another to succeed. They are doing the survey about poverty elimination, and thanks to this are learning about the situation of each of them. Eight of them are below the poverty line, that is to say with very low income.

One of the members is Teresa, who does dressmaking and sells all types of products as a street vendor, such as clothing and footwear. She is a very hard-working person who strives and does her best to move forward in life, and to help her family through her work. She defines herself as a very able woman who wants to work and progress.

She is requesting this loan to invest in the purchase of fabric, articles of clothing, footwear and other items, enabling her to invest in both of her activities. She is grateful for the opportunity that she and her friends are receiving.
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El grupo llamado Mujeres Unidas es de la ciudad de Caaguazú, está en su ciclo número 3 del programa de comité de mujeres, donde todas trabajan y se ayudan por salir adelante. Ellas están haciendo la encuesta de eliminación de pobreza y gracias a esto están sabiendo la situación de cada una, donde 8 se encuentran por debajo de la línea de pobreza, es decir con ingresos muy bajos.
Una de las integrantes es la Sra. Teresa, quien se dedica a la costura y a la venta ambulante de todo tipo de productos, como ser prendas y calzados. Ella es una persona muy trabajadora, que lucha y se esfuerza por salir adelante y por medio de su trabajo ayudar a los suyos. Ella se define a si misma como una persona muy capaz, que quiere trabajar y progresar.
Solicita de este crédito para invertirlo en la compra de telas, prendas, calzados y demás, para poder invertirlo en ambos oficios que tiene. Agradece por la oportunidad que ella y sus amigas están recibiendo.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

This loan is part of the innovative “Poverty Stoplight” program developed by Fundación Paraguaya for women living in poverty. A “stoplight” measurement tool is used to help borrowers self-identify the type of poverty that affects them most (lack of income, dearth of financial opportunities, poor living conditions etc.). Borrowers rate 50 areas of their life as green (not poor), yellow (poor) or red (extremely poor). Together with their loan officer, they come up with a plan to resolve yellow and red indicators. Through this program, Fundación Paraguaya hopes to lift 9,000 women and their families out of poverty by 2017.

To learn more about this unique approach to eliminating poverty, you can read this article on Fundación Paraguaya’s website.

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
  • 74
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    Paraguay Loans Fundraising
  • $35,099,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,172.4
    Paraguay Guarani (PYG) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Mujeres Unidas Group's $3,700 loan helped a member to buy fabric, clothing, shoes and other items.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
5 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 24, 2013
May 26, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 17, 2013