A loan of $4,900 helped a member to purchase clothing for the spring-summer season.


Las Esforzadas Group's story

The communal bank "Las Esforzadas" [Determined Women] is made up of 21 members belonging to the city of Talcahuano. Their primary businesses are grocery stores, costume rental, photography, glass and ceramic handicrafts, the production and sale of sofa chairs, hair accessory sales and dried fruit.

Marisol, who is the group's secretary, is the located in the photo in the first row, second place from right to left. She sells clothing for babies, children and adults, by special order at her home and also by delivery which she has done for four years. She travels to purchase her merchandise in Santiago (capital of Chile) twice a month. She has a six-year-old son.

With this loan she will purchase the clothing that has been ordered and additional clothing for the spring-summer season. She is happy because as of the end of the year she will be renting two posts in a new shopping center. At one she will sell children's clothing and at the other, clothing for adults. Her dream is to continue growing her business to the point at which she no longer needs the loans in order to grow.

Marisol has felt tremendous support and caring on the part of the consultant from Fondo Esperanza. Furthermore she appreciates the loans which have allowed her to maintain and expand her business.

Talcahuano is a municipality and port city of the Region of Biobío, in the southern part of Chile. It is known for being the country's first military, industrial and fishing port. Its name in mapudungun means "Thundering Sky". It is possessed of a very attractive natural landscape, owing to the combination of rivers, ocean, fertile plains and meadows and the mountains arrayed in beautiful vegetation. Its economy revolves around two ports, the Naval Base and an Industrial zone with iron and steel companies, petroleum refineries, petrochemical activity, cement, natural gas, etc.

The small photo in the corner was added because one group member's face was not clearly visible in the group photo.

In this group: Marisol, Cynthia, Andrea, María , Paola , Marcela , Lliliant, Sara , Lorena, Mirta , Jesika, Isolina, Nataly, Liza, Natalia, Paola, Julia, Jacqueline, María , Judith , Johanina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Meg Wolfe-Roberts



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