A loan of $3,700 helped a member to purchase ingredients to produce Chipas, such as: starch, cheese, vegetable oil. Other women purchased clothing for ladies, men, and children etc.

San Isidro Group's story

The committee is made up of 15 hard working women that product and sell Chipas (corn and cheese breads). The group is going through its 9th cycle of the program for women. Chipas is a traditional food for our country and it is very popular for consumers. Caaupe is a city that is traditionally known as a place where you can enjoy some of the best Chipas.

Of the 15 women, 13 sell Chipas, one has a butcher shop and the other sells clothing. They are all neighbours in the region of Gral. Diaz in the city of Caaupe.

With the loans that were acquired through the organization "Fundacion" they purchase ingredients to make Chipas. This time they saw great success in acquiring their ingredients because they all got together and they purchased in great quantities at wholesale prices, granting them significant savigns.

All of the members receive on average 973,000 gs. and they use the funds to invest in the production of their products, as described here above.

All of the members of the committee wish to thank the organization "Fundacion" for the support and for allowing them to be part of the women's program. Currently the committee has an objective to achieve greater sales in these months up to December 8, which is the Patron celebration of Caaupe. During this time the city receives more than 1 million visitors, which translates in a significatn potential for clients. The way to secure a good sales period is to maintain quality in their product but at the same time increase their production. Mary Colman was the speaker.

Todas las integrantes del comité agradecen a la Fundación por el apoyo y por permitirle ser parte del programa comité de mujeres, actualmente el comité tiene como objetivo lograr la mayor cantidad de venta en estos meses próximos al 8 de Diciembre, que es la fecha de la fiesta patronal en Caacupé, y la ciudad recibe a mas de un millón de visitantes, por lo que hay un potencial importante de clientes y la manera de obtener buena venta es manteniendo la calidad y aumentando la producción, manifiesta la señora Mary Colman.

In this group: Mary, Gladys, Benita, Liz*, Laura, Margarita, Victorina, Hilda, Raquel, Reimunda, María*, Gudelia*, Maria, Ursulina, Andrea
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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