A loan of $650 helped tO BUY SUPPLIES FOR HER CONFECTIONERY PRODUCTS AND HER FAST FOOD CART.


María Inés's story

Maria Ines is a member of the “Lontue 1” communal bank, located in the city of Molina. She has sold confectionery products for 4 years. All her work is done from her house and she sells her products, specifically, cakes and swiss rolls, to commercial establishments. During the summer, Maria Ines sells artisan ice creams, and during the autumn and winter, she sells fast food from a cart. Her merchandise is usually bought by distributors and wholesale supermarkets.

With this loan Maria Ines will buy supplies to make confectionery products and for her fast food cart. Her motivations are to get ahead, and to do so, her goal is to have an established store. Her personal dream is to have this store in her own house, due to her health problems. Maria Ines can't work in any other place.

Maria Ines is very content and grateful for the help offered through Fondo Esperanza. It has motivated her to forge ahead with her business and is a great motivation for her. With respect to the group meetings, they are very useful and serve as a distraction during her free time. The loans have been a fundamental help for her business, enabling her to invest in her enterprise. The training sessions have been essential in organizing the accounting for her business.

Molina is town in the central zone of Chile, located in the Maule region. It is characterized, principally, as being one of the grand poles of Chile's grape-growing industry. In addition to the vineyards, there is the fruit growing industry, especially the production of apples, pears, and kiwis.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD



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