A loan of $4,325 helped a member to purchase craft supplies such as fabrics, lace, and silicone.

Violeta Group's story

Paola is a member of the Communal Bank “Violeta”, which consists of 21 entrepreneurs who work in arts and crafts. They live in the city of Chilán.

In the photograph, Paola is standing in the second row, third from the left and wearing a black shirt and with a pair of sunglasses in her hair. She produces all types of arts and crafts, especially soft cotton dolls, objects made from cardboard, and cloth bags. Paola works from home, making all types of handicrafts every afternoon. The months in which she has the most demand are May (Mother’s Day), September (traditional Chilean festivals), and December (Christmas). During these times, Paola sets up a stand at the craft fair. Her work schedule is from 10am to 9pm. With this loan she will buy supplies for her handicrafts such as fabrics, lace, and silicone. Paola dreams of having an established shop. For this reason, she is motivated to continue producing and selling her handicrafts so that she can improve her earnings.

Paola lives with her husband and two children, ages 18 and 7. Her mother lives in the city of Santiago and helps her with purchasing supplies at affordable prices. The products are then shipped to her by parcel to the city of Chillán. Paola is very grateful to Fondo Esperanza because she enjoys participating in the meetings because they are very entertaining. For this reason, she has been appointed to be a delegate for her Communal Bank. The funding she has received through Fondo Esperanza has been a great help to her business, since it enables her to invest and increase her income.

Chillán is a community in the central district of southern Chile. Its name means “Window of the Sun” in the Mapudungun language, which is spoken by the Maupuche indigenous people. Chillán is also known as the “Cradle of the Nation” and the “Land of Artists” because many well-known figures in Chile’s history were born there, such as the famous pianist Claudio Arrau.

In this group: Paola, Marcela , María, Germán , Nelly, Ana , José, Roberto, Magdalena, Alicia, Alicia, Julia, Luz, Roberto , María , Beatriz, Juan, Yana, Verónica, Mercedes, Leopoldo

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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