A loan of $2,825 helped a member to buy pots, containers, bags and cans of lemon juice.

El Quisco Group's story

The "El Quisco" community bank is made up of 19 entrepreneurial women who work in different industries, including the crafts, jewellery making, baking and retail. They all live in the city of San Antonio.

Adela is the president of the community bank and in the picture she is sitting down in front of the group. She is wearing glasses, a white scarf, a black jacket and black trousers. She has been making and repairing clothes for 30 years. She works from home, where she has two sewing machines - one for straight stitches and an overlock one. She makes working clothes for fishermen, aprons and sleeves, as well as repairs on demand all year long. She buys her materials in the city of Santiago. Before she used to make ceviche and seafood soup, but her business was shut down because she didn't have purpose-built premises. In order to continue with the business she has to have spacious premises, even if that means occupying the kitchen in her home, to ensure high levels of hygiene.

With the loan she will buy pots, containers, bags and cans of lemon juice to prepare seafood dishes. Her goals are to expand her two businesses, the sewing business and in the future to have stable premises for her seafood selling business.

Adela lives with her husband, her two daughters aged 29 and 24 and two grandchildren. Her dream is to generate more income to provide her family with a better quality of life. She is very happy and grateful for the services received from Fondo Esperanza. She is also very pleased with Grupo Adela, because the meetings are fun and the group is committed, trustworthy and enthusiastic about the training. San Antonio is a port in the Valparaiso region, located in the central coast of Chile. The main industries are fishing and trading in fish and seafood. In spite of the commercial and shipping activity there is a high rate of unemployment at the port.

In this group: Adela, Cristian, Lorena, Carmen, Mónica, María Angelica, Carmen, Susana, Marisol, Angela, Anali, Nidia, Claudia, Loreto, Jeannette, Judith, Cecilia, Flora, Carmen

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alba Sort

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