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San Agustin Group
In this Group: Julia, Carmen, Cirila, Venancia, Jorgelina, Valentina, Maria, Merli, Ester, Norma, Gladys, Plasida, Sebastiana, Dorys, Graciela*
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The group called “San Agustin” is in its 1st loan cycle with the Program Commitee. The members are learning to work together and they want to receive training to improve the enterprises which each of them has undertaken. These women are making the effort to eliminate poverty by understanding each members' situation.

One such member is Merli, who in the last survey demonstrated a poverty level of “2.” By means of her effort and continuous work, and the emulation of the vital comportment of a successful woman, she is now improving her situation of poverty. But, equally, she is aware that this work and effort should be continuous and permanent to achieve total success. Among her work is making “Karanday” [broad-brimmed hats, woven by hand of dried palm fronds] and, also, selling fried pork rinds. She is emphasizing the assessors' recommendations, acting on their efforts.

Merli is soliciting this loan to purchase materials for making her “Karanday” hats. The loan will aid her efforts to achieve a concrete business plan and help her to improve her income.
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El grupo llamado San Agustin está en su ciclo número 1° del programa de comité, están aprendiendo a trabajar juntas y quieren poder capacitarse para mejorar en los emprendimientos que cada una está haciendo. Ellas están haciendo la encuesta de eliminación de pobreza, para conocer la situación de cada una de ellas.
Una de las integrantes es la Merli, quien en su última encuesta mostró un nivel de pobreza dentro del nivel dos. A través del esfuerzo y el trabajo continuo y la aplicaciones de los comportamientos vitales de una mujer exitosa, ella se encuentra mejorando su situación de pobreza, pero igualmente está consciente de que este trabajo y esfuerzo que está haciendo debe ser continuo y permanente para lograr un éxito total. Entre el trabajo que ella hace cuenta que hace sombrero de Karanday, venta de chicharrón, despensa también se debe destacar el trabajo de las asesoras, y el esfuerzo que están haciendo.
La Sra. Solicita de este crédito para la compra de materiales para hacer sus sombreros de Karanday, lo que le ayudará a tener a concretar su plan de negocio, el cual le ayudará a mejorar sus ingresos.

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
  • 37
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    Paraguay Loans Fundraising
  • $37,305,300
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,449.4
    Paraguay Guarani (PYG) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of San Agustin Group's $2,475 loan helped a member to buy supplies for making palm-frond hats by hand to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 26, 2013
Aug 27, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 17, 2013