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San Marcos Group
In this Group: Elba, Nancy, Adorina, Maria, Blanca, Julia, Cinthia, Bernarda, Marina, Julia, Lelia, Ana, Liz, Elena, Sandra, Limpia, Julia, Norma, Eusebia, Sonia*
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This group is named San Marcos. It is in its 8th loan cycle with the women's committees program, where they all work and help each other get ahead. This way they are also able to help their families.

One of the members is Julia, who makes a living making crafts. In her last poverty elimination survey she showed great progress. As a result, she is very pleased and enthusiastic to continue with her business. Today she asks for this loan to invest it in the purchase of fabric, thread, markers, dyes, etc. to continue making her crafts by which she supports and helps her family and loved ones.
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Este grupo se llama San Marcos está en su ciclo número 8º del programa de comité de mujeres, donde todas trabajan y se ayudan por salir adelante, y de esa forma poder ayudar también a sus familias.
Una de las integrantes es la Sra. Julia, quien se dedica a la elaboración de artesanías, ella en su última encuesta de eliminación de la pobreza mostró un amplio progreso, por lo que está muy contenta y entusiasmada por seguir con su emprendimiento.
Hoy pide este préstamo para poder invertirlo en la compra de telas, hilos, colores, tintes y demás, para poder seguir haciendo sus artesanías, con lo cual mantiene y ayuda a su familia y seres queridos.

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
  • 17
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    Paraguay Loans Fundraising
  • $37,143,800
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,412.9
    Paraguay Guarani (PYG) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of San Marcos Group's $5,775 loan helped a member to buy fabric, thread, markers, dyes, etc. to make crafts.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 16, 2014
Jun 18, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 20, 2014