A loan of $625 helped to buy an overlock sewing machine.

Alejandra's story

Alejandra is part of the “Newen” communal bank belonging to the city of Temuco. She’s been a Seamstress for 12 years. She works at home; she has a workshop there with six sewing machines. Alejandra works alongside her sister. Her customers are schools, doctor’s offices and firms as well as private customers. Alejandra has adequate publicity for her services because she has a web page on the Internet where here creations appear. Her customers request her services year round but her weakest months are January and February which correspond to summer vacation. She buys her supplies at a sewing supplies store and she bought her sewing machines at a department store. She will use the loan to buy an overlock sewing machine as well as an edger. Her goal is to buy an embroidery machine.

Her dreams on a personal level are to buy a house of her own and to continue to pay for her daughters’ education. This is where her motivation to continue in business comes from. Alejandra lives with her husband and two daughters who are 15 and 10 years of age. Both go to private school.

Alejandra is very happy and grateful for the help provided by Fondo Esperanza because she was able to use the loan to invest in the business. Besides, she attends communal bank meetings and participates very actively because the meetings are very enjoyable. Together with this she took a sales course, acquiring learning that she was able to apply to her business.

Temuco is the capital of the La Araucanía region. The city is located 670 kilometers south of Santiago (capital of Chile). In its surroundings are a series of lakeside spas (Pucón, Villarica) and a showy native flora and fauna concentrated in nearby natural parks. It’s worth stressing that 50% of the Mapuche, indigenous people existing in our country, lives in this region.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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