The two women walk quickly to join the group of rural technician and micro-producers who are talking about the work in the Coronel Oviedo area, department of Caaguazú, located at 150 kilometer from Asunción.
They have traveled several kilometers on an old motorcycle to participate in the meeting, where they will be the only women. In their calloused hands, they bring vacuum flasks and guampas for the tereré (mate tea) against the hot summer temperatures that rise to almost 40ºC.
Flora Cañete de Sanabria and Edita de Jesús Franco de Sanabria, each of them with five children, are the only women among the 28 members of the small rural producer committee in Oñondivepa, in the area’s Yurugua company.
Several committees like this are working under the Sustainable Rural Development Project (Proders) promoted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), with the technical and financial support of the World Bank worth US$37.5 million.
"Women are actively involved in the group’s activities, either through their participation in grassroots committee meetings or in the formation of groups. Women also highly appreciate the project’s contribution to housing improvements," says Renato Nardello, World Bank Project Manager.
Flora and Edita’s family groups are part of one of the 61 rural community micro catchment areas covered by the program, which has been successfully developed since 2009 and benefitted 7,300 households. The final goal is to support over 9,000 households and 45 indigenous communities.