A loan of $800 helped to buy a replacement part for one of her machines, fabric and other materials.


Zoila's story

Zoila is a member of the “La Santiago” communal bank belonging to the Estación Central commune in the city of Santiago. She has designed and made clothing for the last 30 years. She worked as an employee in this line of work for many years but now works independently at home because she has to care for her mother who is ill. Her work schedule, therefore, is flexible.

The time of the year when demand is highest is during the festivals, especially now that the national holidays are approaching. Zoila also does clothing repairs and has quite a few customers. She works from home and in a shop where she sews. She has an overlock machine and a straight stitch sewing machine there. She buys her supplies in two places in downtown Santiago where prices are more affordable. She will use the loan to buy replacement parts for one of her machines, fabric and other materials.

Her business goals are to have a shop with two semi-industrial sewing machines that will make it possible for her to do her work more quickly and increase the number of her customers. Zoila lives with her mother and one of her dreams is to provide her mother with all the comforts. Her motivation to stay in business is that she enjoys the work she does very much.

Zoila is very happy and grateful for the loans and services she’s gotten from Fondo Esperanza that have allowed her to continue forward with her projects. She comments that she feels very comfortable in the communal bank’s group and that the training she’s gotten has helped her organize her business.

Estación Central is a commune in the central part of Santiago (capital of Chile) that owes its name to the Central Railroad Station that dates back to 1887 and was declared a National Monument in 1983. At its beginning, this station and Mapocho Station were the city’s gateways along the Valparaíso-Santiago route as well as from the south of the country.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz



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