A loan of $725 helped she will buy merchandise to supply her business.

Marta's story

Marta forms part of the communal bank "Leonor Mascayano" that pertains to the city of Talcahuano. She works in making pastries, bread and snacks. She has carried out her work alone every day from her house, since 7 months ago. She buys her merchandise from distributors that specialize in selling products for pastry making. One of Marta's goals is to be able to put up a place near her house, in which she can continue with her clients. With the loan she will buy merchandise to supply her business.

Marta lives with two children, one who is 21 who is studying Dentistry, and the other who is 28 who is studying Accounting/Auditing. Her dreams at a personal level are to provide her family a better quality of life, and for her business to continue growing. She is very content and thankful for the opportunity offered by Fondo Esperanza, since the loan will permit her to invest in her business. Furthermore, she feels comfortable with the communal group of which she is part of, which motivates her to continue participating in the institution. She comments moreover that the trainings given in the meetings have helped her to invest better in her business.

Talcahuano is a town and city - port of the region of Biobío, in southern Chile. It is known as one of the principal ports of the country. Its name in Mapadungun (the Mapuche language) means "Thundering Sky". The city possesses very attractive natural scenery, due to the combination of rivers, sea, fertile plains, meadows and mountainous bodies, with beautiful vegetation. The economy revolves around the port, the naval base and an important industrial neighborhood with iron and steel companies, petroleum, petrochemical, cement and gas refineries, etc.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kerry George

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