A loan of $4,675 helped a member merchandise: clothes, crockery and greens.

Nueva Vida Group's story

For the communal bank “Nueva Vida” (New Life), it is the second time that they have been on the Kiva website. It is made up of 17 members who live in the city of Curicó. Their key businesses are selling clothes, firewood, fast food, jewelry; manufacture and sale of furniture and grocery stores.
Claudia, who in the photo is in the 1st row, sitting 4th place from left to right, has sold children's and adult clothing and pieces of crockery for the home for 5 years, in 3 different markets in her town. She works every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the market and at her home on the other days. In addition for the last month she has sold prepared salads at a grocery store. This business was offered to her by a member in the group, as she did not have the time herself to sell at this store.
With this loan she will buy spring-summer clothing, crockery and greens to continue selling salads. Her dream is to have a bazaar with various products and a service where people of the neighborhood can pay billls. She has 2 children who are 3 and 2, who are looked after by her mother or a trusted neighbor, when Claudia is working.
Claudia has found it very pleasant to work with Fondo Esperanza, as she has been able to socialize with her fellow members during the meetings, as well as learning business concepts.
Curicó is located in the Maule region, a central area of the country. Curicó's climate is like the Mediterranean and is considered one of the most pleasant in the country. It is characterized as well by its culture around wine and its surrounding area has a magically natural beauty. Despite the work effort increasing, this region continues to be, according to the latest census, one of the poorest in the country.

In this group: Claudia, Gabriel, Lucy, Betcy, Juan, Margarita, Adriana, Beatriz, Cristina, Nelson, María, Lucía, Leila, Marisol, María, Paula, Fabiola

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catherine Dent

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