A loan of $3,925 helped a member mix for ice cream and cones.

Los Gemelos Group's story

Marco is part of the "Los Gemelos" (Twins) community bank which has 21 entrepreneurial members who live in the town of Maipú. In the photo, Marco is in the middle wearing a white cap with sunglasses on top.

Marco's business is making and selling bakery and confectionery products in his home. He has been doing this for more than 2 years. He has also been selling ice cream from an ice cream machine since sales of his baked products fall during the hot weather. Marco started his own business when he realized, through his own work experience, that a baker's work isn't very convenient. His wife, who also works with Fondo Esperanza, supports him in his business.

He will use his loan to buy mix for his ice creams and cones. His dream is to own an 'amasanderia' (a type of Chilean bakery). Marco has two children: an 11 year-old boy and a 5 year-old girl. What Marco most likes about Fondo Esperanza is the opportunity that they give entrepreneurs when they provide them with loans to get ahead in their businesses. Also, the loans have been a great support to him in keeping his business running.

Maipú is a town located to the east of Santiago, capital of Chile, in the Metropolitan region. Designed as the biggest town in Chile it is called the 'Birthplace of the Nation' owing to the important historic events that have taken place on these lands during the Independence period such as the Battle and Embrace of Maipú between the liberators of Chile, Bernardo O'Higgins, and Argentina, San Martín.

In this group: Marco, Jacqueline, Herminda, Ana, Andrea, Mónica, Miriam, Susan, Silvia, Lorena, Héctor, Solange, Mariana, Francisco, Andrea, Rosalina, Soledad, Priscilla, Samuel, Julio, José

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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