A loan of $3,625 helped a member to buy 37 meters of fabric for a border (the top edge of a curtain) and to buy yarn.

Sol De Los Puentes Group's story

This community bank is called "Sol de los Puentes". It has 18 members who live in the city of Temuco. They all work in different fields, specifically dressmaking and selling merchandise in a street market.

In the photo, Hada is standing up and wearing a black jacket. She is the third person, counting from left to right. Hada is a dressmaker. In particular, she makes drapes, christening robes and borders. She also repairs and sews clothes. She has been in this business for approximately one year. She started out offering her sewing services in nursery schools. She then gave out information about her services in other places such as medical centers and provided information to individuals, offering to make shower curtains.

Hada buys her merchandise in the city of Angol in stores that sell sewing supplies, including fasteners, buttons, threads and fabric. She used her loan to buy 37 meters of fabric for making borders (the top edge of a curtain). In addition, she bought yarn since she also makes and sells scarves. Her business has done very well. She tells us that she always has orders, whether it be from individual customers or establishments that provide services to the community.

Hada's goal is to set up her business in established business premises where she can offer a range of products such as cushion covers, drapes, borders, christening robes, etc. Her dream is to buy an overlock sewing machine as, right now, she only has an ordinary straight line machine.

Hada lives together with her husband and her 15 year-old daughter. She is very grateful for the support provided by Fondo Esperanza and she feels very happy with the other members of her community bank since they have a very good relationship and are very united and supportive as a group. In addition, the group has served as a distraction from her housework and her business.

Temuco is the capital of Araucanía region. The city is located 670 kilometers to the south of Santiago (the capital of Chile). In the surrounding areas are a series of lakeside resorts (Pucón and Villarrica). The native flora and fauna are very colorful and are concentrated in nearby nature reserves. This region is home to 50% of the Mapuches (our country's indigenous people).

In this group: Hada, Efrosinia, Silvia, Carmen, Mercedes, Mónica, Carmen , Carmen, María, Eugenia, María, Erika, Irma, Patricio, Carolina, Javier , Diocelina , Blanca

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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