A loan of $4,100 helped a member to purchase clothes, groceries, dairy products, and frozen sausages.

Fuerza De Mujer Group's story

This Communal Bank is called “Fuerza de Mujer” (Strength of Woman) and consists of 19 entrepreneurs who engage in different business activities such as selling secondhand clothing, selling new clothes, and selling undergarments and perfumes. All of them are from the city of San Javier.

In the photograph, Celinda is crouching and positioned closer to the right side. She has short hair and is wearing a burgundy jacket with a black sleeveless vest over it. Celinda has two businesses. The first one involves managing a store in her home where she sells groceries, sausages, dairy products, toiletries, and bazaar items. Her work schedule every weekday is from 9am to 11pm. On the weekends, she sells secondhand clothing in the mornings and new clothes at a Persian fair near her home. She has managed these businesses for nine years. With this loan, Celinda will restock her store with more clothes, groceries, dairy products, and frozen sausages.

Celinda lives with her husband and two children, ages 19 and 17. Her oldest child is studying at the university for a degree in psychology. Her dreams are to generate more earnings to increase her income and to provide for her children’s well-being. Celinda is very pleased with and grateful for the loan provided by Fondo Esperanza because she will able to invest it in her business and earn a better income. She says that the Communal Bank meets are very entertaining. The members are united, committed, and organized. Celinda serves as the Communal Bank President, which provides her both motivation and joy.

The city of San Javier is a community located in the central part of Chile and is part of the Maule region. It is essentially known as a winemaking area. The local vineyards are in an area called “Valle del Loncomilla” where some of the best Chilean wines are produced such as Viña Carolina, Viña Gillmore, and others.

In this group: Celinda, Bárbara, Grey, Deyci, Miriam, Nancy, Elena, America, Verónica, Verónica, Jocelin, Patricia, Gloria, Rosa, Gisela, María, Carolina, Anita, María

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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