A loan of $3,100 helped a member buy food, natural remedies, clothing, sheets and blankets, etc.

La Esperanza Group's story

This committee formed thanks to Mrs. Antonia T. and Mrs. Silvia Lorena A., who got involved in the program and the foundation thanks to members of the “Victorious Women” committee from the same neighborhood in the city of Lambaré.

One of the members of this committee is Mrs. Mara Luz Cáceres. She has three children and lives with her partner. Many years ago she went to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she spent all of her childhood. There she began to work in a factory, where she prepared french fries, which were packed and sold in supermarkets.

Mara met another Paraguayan in this factory and they first became friends, then partners. They decided to return together to Paraguay. They bought some land in the Villa Zulma settlement in the San Antonio neighborhood in the city of Lambaré.

The pair continued to make french fries, and they tested the market by distributing the fries from their home. This was successful.

It was then that Mrs. Mara Luz became a member of the Women with Hope committee in order to increase her sales. Today she fills orders for food stores and supermarkets.

The other members work in the following sectors:
1.- Silvia A. ( remedy sales).
2.- Arminda Arevalos (food sales)
3.- Mara Luz Cáceres (french fry sales)
4.- Cyntia A. (food sales )
5.- Gladys T. Vda de Baez (hardware)
6.- Antonia T. (empanada sales)
7.- Mirna R. (silversmith)
8.- Isabel González (lingerie sales)
9.- Ramona R. (clothing sales)
10.- Floretina B. (lingerie and sheet sales)
11.- Raimunda C. (clothing sales)
12.- Laura A. (bedspread sales)
13.- María O. (small loads)
14.-Angelica Agüero (hardware)
15.-Sabina S. (clothing and candy sales)

In this group: Silvia, Arminda, Maria*, Cynthia, Gladys, Antonia, Mirna, Isabel, Ramona, Florentina, Raimunda, Laura, María, Angelica, Sabina
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sarah Bishop

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