A loan of $725 helped for fabric and shirt collars.

Sonia's story

Sonia is a member of the “Amigo” communal bank in Recoleta. She has been manufacturing and selling school uniforms for the past 17 years. For the past three years she’s had a workshop installed in her patio. Her family helps her cut and assemble the school uniforms; her daughter embroiders and her husband helps her cut after he gets home from work.

Two schools are her frequent buyers. She delivers school uniforms to them (skirts, pants and sweatshirts) from November through April. Sonia also has individual customers for whom she makes sweatshirts and parkas for winter. With this loan Sonia will buy fabric and collars for t-shirts.

Her dream is to increase her number of customers; in other words, include an additional school as a regular customer as well as increase her individual customers so that production will increase and thus her profits as well. And in addition to this, she wants to be well known.

For Sonia, loans from Fondo Esperanza have been fundamental for her business because they have made it possible to finance and increase production. Thanks to income from her business Sonia has been able to pay for her daughter’s higher education.

Recoleta is one of the 34 communes in Santiago (capital of Chile) and is located in the north-central part of Santiago’s metropolitan area. It has active commerce, a notable neighborhood being Patronato which has welcomed principally Arab merchants (at the beginning) and Koreans (now).

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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