Help Poor Rural Girls in Paraguay go to University

by Fundacion Paraguaya
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Help Poor Rural Girls in Paraguay go to University
Help Poor Rural Girls in Paraguay go to University
Help Poor Rural Girls in Paraguay go to University
Help Poor Rural Girls in Paraguay go to University
Help Poor Rural Girls in Paraguay go to University

Chavela, a 2016 graduate from the Centro Educativo Mbaracayú, has been dedicating her time to the cultivation of strawberries in the city of Ybybycua, in the department of San Pedro.

Motivated by the knowledge acquired at the self-sustaining agricultural school, she began production in March of this year, with the help of her whole family. Chavela has started this venture with great enthusiasm. She reports that the entire production process was smooth because there were not any issues with pests or diseases.

Confident after creating a successful business in her last year of school, and thanks to lots of practice with preparing a business plan, this young lady has prospered in this initiative by selling her own production. Marketing her product locally at the beginning and having a delivery service has allowed her to reach out to multiple customers. Additionally, Chavela’s entrepreneurial skills have allowed her to reach out to people in other neighborhoods and cities.

Today she shares her story with us in order to encourage others to support the national production of small agricultural entrepreneurs like herself, and more specifically, the work of rural women who are struggling to be recognized and valued in this line of work. 

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Former Student Romina
Former Student Romina

We are pleased to inform the community that a 23 year old former student of the Mbaracayú School managed to obtain a full scholarship at the University of Earth in Costa Rica.

She is originally from the Yasy Kuña district of the Canindeyú Department, Romina, who completed high school in 2020, applied for study abroad opportunities. With the dream of continuing her studies studying Agronomic Engineering, she achieved her goals with a lot of effort and dedication.

Romina thanks the teachers who shaped her education and especially her family. Her teachers were proud of the accomplishment of this former student.

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Organic Vegetable Garden
Organic Vegetable Garden

Given the situation that has been faced worldwide and the negative effects that it caused in businesses, institutions and individuals, as support for the students of the Mbaracayu School and especially their families, we have implemented small businesses called Micro Franchises with the aim that they can increase their income through the sale of these products. In this period we have worked together with the families, carrying out follow-up, training, delivery of implementation manuals, tips and assisting their doubts and queries in the process.

It is important to mention that the families were trained in the development of a business plan, which strengthens the management of a micro-enterprise. On behalf of the other families, today we share the story of Gloria Riquelme González, from the Mbaracayu Self-sustaining School, who, with much effort and perseverance, finished the Organic Vegetable Garden course. The harvest of chard, squash, green onion, and carrot used for her family consumption and the sale of it for saving and reinvestment. Gloria learned to improve her plot construction and management techniques, she remained organized by planning her activities and following her organic crop management plan.

She expresses being very grateful and above all happy with the benefit that she was able to get from both the teachings of the course, as well as the final results when harvesting her vegetables from her.

All the families of the students of the third year of the Mbaracayu School were the people that benefit from this project. 

Amount used in local currency Gs. 15,000,000 aproximate an USD 2350.00

Organic Vegetable Garden
Organic Vegetable Garden
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Students and families with microfranchises kits
Students and families with microfranchises kits

Given the negative consequences of the pandemic on businesses, educational institutions and families, we have implemented small businesses, called microfranchises, as a support to the students of the Mbaracayu School and their families. They aim to increase the family’s income through the sale of different products offered by our program.

Three types of Microfranchises were delivered: Premium Vegetable Garden, Cleaning Kit, and Covid Prevention Kit, based on a market study that guarantees a high percentage of success. Moreover, we organized training sessions for the students and their families to learn to develop a business plan, soft skills and business management, among others. The students collaborated with their families in the implementation of the business plan.

The Vegetable Garden Microfranchise contains seeds of lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, chard and onions. This kit is accompanied by an online vegetable garden management and production course. 

The Cleaning Kit and the COVID Kit contain chemical products that must be prepared by the owners of the microfranchises to obtain cleaning and disinfection products they can sell.

These initiatives will make it possible to increase the income of the students and their families, thus allowing them to save for their educational future and aspire to a better quality of life.

Business Training Session
Business Training Session
Students' families with microfranchises kits
Students' families with microfranchises kits
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Tourist destinations in Paraguay webinar
Tourist destinations in Paraguay webinar

Two alumni from the Mbaracayú School, class of 2013 and 2011, were invited to participate in a webinar on Tourist Destinations in Paraguay, organized by the National Secretariat of Tourism. In this seminar each presented the area where they are working, the departments of Caníndeyu and Alto Parana, where the school and home are located and shared all the potentials of ecotourism for operators and travel agencies in the webinar. 

These two alumni have successfully finished school and went to university to study Tourism, where they have stand out in topics related to nature tourism and sustainability. They are constantly called to share their knowledge and experience in webinars. Currently, they are working in the tourism area of the Moisés Bertoni Foundation, in the Mbacayú reserve and in the Moisés Bertoni Scientific Monument respectively.

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Fundacion Paraguaya

Location: Asuncion, Central - Paraguay
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Project Leader:
Luis Sanabria
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Asuncion, NA Paraguay
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