Micro-enterprise program for poor urban women in Barrio San Antonio, Asunción, Paraguay

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This Reledev/DFAT funded project took place in the Barrio San Antonio, Asuncion, Paraguay from 2009 to 2016, it was implemented in partnership with Asociacion para la Promocion de la Mujer Artesana y Obrera (PROMU). Living conditions in San Antonio are challenging due to the lack of basic infrastructure such as sewerage, roads, public transport and healthcare. The majority of the population lacks permanent employment. Demographically the area has a large number of single mothers.

The aim of the project was to empower women to earn a living without having to travel long distances to find employment elsewhere. Over the course of the 7 year project these women were trained in sewing, embroidery, cooking and bakery. They were trained in small business management so as to enable them to begin their own micro-enterprises with the skills learnt. The women were also supported by a mentoring program and received micro-credits to help them start their businesses.

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As well as vocational training, a mobile medical clinic provided regular assistance to men, women and children for the prevention of sickness and to promote health and hygiene.

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As a result of project initiatives the women participating were able to set up their own cooperative as well as a workshop manufacturing corporate uniforms for the catering/hotel industry. Capacity building measures over the course of the project have enabled PROMU to continue the project after Reledev assistance has ceased.

To read more about the graduates and their inspiring journeys, please go to Our Stories.

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