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La Esperanza Group
In this Group: Marta, Lucia, Emilce, Adeliada, Virginia, Dionicia, Fermina, Ana, Claudia, Hilda, Georgina, Mabel, María Catalina, María Del Carmen, Rosa
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This group was formed thanks to Lucia G. and Marta Domínguez, who contacted the foundation interested in the program Committee of Enterprising Women. They are from the La Conquista settlement within the La Lomita neighborhood.

These women, along with the other ladies who make up the group, comprise part of a faction of people denominated as “without roofs”. These people have nowhere to live (neither a house or land) and, together with hundreds of other people in the same situation, joined together to fight for their rights. Today, they live in a settlement which they created a year ago which the government subsequently bought to be able to build them homes so they could live there legally.

In this settlement live several families looking to get ahead. The women play an important role since, in many cases, they are the head of household. It’s in this way that 15 women from the settlement gathered together to form the group called La Esperanza (which means “hope”). They carry out a variety of activities: the sale of garlic, medicinal herbs, food sales, some have stores, others sell blankets, sheets, clothing, toys, housewares, cleaning products, etc.

Given that the settlement is in a remote area, they must travel to get to the nearest clinics. It’s for this reason that Marta decided to take courses in medicine and it is she who gives injections, takes blood pressure readings and provides immediate medical care for those who need it.

It is a very unified group and the women, in addition to dedicating themselves to their particular activities, also carry out extra tasks to earn more funds to help improve the neighborhood.

Today they need a loan to invest in their businesses, especially to buy merchandise to offer for sale.

Translated from Spanish by Mary Lynn, Kiva Volunteer.

Este Comité se formo gracias a la señoras Lucia G. y Marta Domínguez, quienes llamaron a la fundación interesadas en el programa Comité de Mujeres Emprendedoras, ellas son del Asentamiento “La Conquista” del Barrio “La Lomita”.

Estas señoras, al igual que las demás mujeres que comprende este comité, forman parte de un grupo de gente denominado “sin techo”. Estas personas no poseían un lugar (ni casa ni tierra) donde vivir, y que unidos entre cientos de personas en igual situación, lucharon por su derecho y hoy día viven en un asentamiento que tomaron juntos el año pasado y que posteriormente el estado adquirió compro para poder construirles casas para que vivan ahí de forma legal.

En ese asentamientos existen varias familias que también buscan su progreso, las mujeres cumplen roles importantes pues son, en la mayoría de los casos, cabeza de familia. Es así como 15 mujeres de este asentamiento se unieron y formaron un comité que llamado “La Esperanza”. Ellas realizan distintos tipos de actividades entre ellas: venta de ajo, hierbas medicinales, venta de comidas, otras tienen despensas, otras poseen mercerías en donde venden colchas, sabanas, ropas, juguetes, artículos para el hogar, productos de limpieza, etc.

Debido que el asentamiento queda en un lugar retirado, ellas deben viajar hasta los puestos de salud más cercanos, es por eso que Marta, decidió hacer cursos de enfermería y ella es quien aplica inyecciones, hace nebulizaciones para niños, toma de presión y primeros auxilios para todas las personas que necesiten.

Es un grupo muy unido, ellas además de dedicarse a sus actividades particulares, también realizan actividades extras con el fin de obtener fondos para realizar mejoras en el barrio.

Hoy ellas necesitan de un crédito que podrán invertirlo en sus negocios, especialmente comprando mercaderías para vender.

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
  • 33
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    Paraguay Loans Fundraising
  • $37,192,625
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3,990.0
    Paraguay Guarani (PYG) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of La Esperanza Group's $1,150 loan helped a member purchase of clothing such as socks, gloves, hats, scarves, etc. Those who sell food, to purchase items such as fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meats, flour, oil, noodles and frozen items. Others wish to buy natural medicines, cosmetics, creams, coal, etc.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 11, 2008
Aug 24, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 15, 2009