Lea knits and makes crafts out of EVA foam and quilted cushions. She started about 15 years ago and learned from her mother and aunts, because all of them knit. She says it's in her blood. She also has participated in a variety of workshops in which she has learned different techniques. She says she hasn't had major problems because she has always been very organized with her money.
With the money she's requesting she plans to buy wool. She'll also save a little because later, in November, people always ask her to make flowers out of EVA foam.
She's very happy, and sure that this new loan cycle will go very well for her because at the moment she already has a few customer requests. What she has enjoyed most about being able to work with Fondo Esperanza is meeting people as responsible as she is and who support and help each other.
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This loan targets populations in financially underserved regions of Chile. Thanks to its numerous branches, Fondo Esperanza is present nationwide and offers loans to micro-entrepreneurs in a country known for its limited microfinance industry. This Kiva loan enables entrepreneurs to maintain their current businesses in areas where Fondo Esperanza is the only available and accessible financial institution.
About Fondo EsperanzaFondo Esperanza (FE) is a private non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurship by providing micro-credit and training to people living in poverty in well over 100 cities throughout Chile. By providing these services, FE aims to improve the living conditions of the entrepreneurs and their families. In 2010, FE provided loans to more than 41,000 entrepreneurs. It utilizes a communal banking model in which groups of 18 to 25 clients meet on regularly and guarantee each other’s loans. The members use their portion of the loan to create or expand their own businesses. In the group meetings, clients receive training though the FE Entrepreneurship School, which enhances clients’ personal and business skills and ability to work in groups.
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.
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