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Comite Mujeres Alegre Group
In this Group: Maria, Carina, Veronica, Honoria, Efigenia, Melania, Emerenciana, Bernardina, Dolly, Maria, Fatima, Nimia, Victorina, Lidia, Ana
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The committee is made up of 15 working women from the town of Cabañas de Caacupé. Most of these women make and sell chipas [traditional Paraguayan cheese bread]. Currently the group is in the eighth cycle of the program. Establishing the group and appointing officers was made possible by Maria G.’s hard work. Since the beginning she has served as coordinator and leader of the group and organized the first committee meetings in her home.

Of the 15 women, 10 sell chipas; the others are despensa (small grocery store) owners, and a few also sell clothing. All of the women live in the Cabañas area in the city of Caacupé. One of the best attributes of this committee is the level of interest in and compliance with the policies and procedures of the women’s group. This is demonstrated by the group’s on-time payments. In addition, the group has financial savings because of the activities the women organize every weekend, such as a food festivals, raffles, and athletic tournaments, among others. Each member receives on average a $165, which they invest in making the products described above.

The women of the committee would like to thank the Fundación Paraguaya board of directors for keeping in mind honest, hard-working people who do not receive any support from the government.

Translated from Spanish by Todd M. Anderson

El comité está compuesto por 15 señoras trabajadoras de la compañía (pueblo) Cabañas de Caacupé, la gran mayoria se dedican a la elaboración y venta de chipas, actualmente el grupo está en su 8vo. ciclo del programa comité de mujeres y sus inicios y su conformación se debio a la gran colaboración que brindo la señora Maria G., quien desde el inicio lleva la coordinación y liderazgo del grupo, en su domicilio se realizó las primeras reuniones del comité.

De las 15 señoras, 10 se dedican a la venta de chipas, y las demás son comerciantes despenseras y algunas venden ropas, todas son vecinas de la compañía Cabañas de la ciudad de Caaupé, una de las virtudes de este comité es el interès y el cumplimiento por las normas y el reglamento del programa de comité de mujeres emprendoras, y esta demostrado por su buen cumplimiento en el pago de sus cuotas, además poseen un ahorro gracias a las actividades que realizan cada fin de semana como ser feria de comidas, rifas, torneos deportivos, entre otras actividades. Todas las integrantes reciben un promedio de gs. 660.00 (~$165) y lo invierten para la produción de sus productos descriptos más arriba.

Las señoras integrantes del comité, agradecen a los directivos de la Fundación Paraguaya por acordarse de la gente humilde y trabajadora que no reciben apoyo del gobierno.

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
  • 49
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    Paraguay Loans Fundraising
  • $38,032,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3,965.0
    Paraguay Guarani (PYG) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Comite Mujeres Alegre Group's $2,500 loan helped a member purchase of ingredients to make traditional Paraguayan bread such as starch, cheese, vegetable oil; as well as clothing for sale, such as shorts, tee shirts, socks, and shirts for juniors, children and adults, etc.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 16, 2008
Sep 1, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 21, 2009