A loan of $950 helped to buy sportswear for children, women, and men, as well as pants, shirts, shorts, and leggings.

Claudia's story

Claudia is a member of the Persa Rodoviario Communal Bank in the city of Talca. She works in commerce, specifically selling sportswear for children, women, and men. She has been working in this business for nine years and she rents a space in the market in the city of Talca. She prefers to sell seasonal and exclusive clothing, which is why her business has gone well for her. Her work schedule is all day, Monday through Sunday. She buys her merchandise in different places and from different distributors in the city of Santiago. The suppliers also offer her merchandise in her own place. Her clientele has been with her since the beginning, so it is also established.

With the loan she will buy sportswear for children, women, and men, as well as pants, shirts, shorts, and leggings.

Her goals are to increase her business and supply it with merchandise, since if it goes well for her she will have a better income to give her family a better quality of life.

Claudia lives with her two children, ages 6 and 3. Claudia arranges her schedule to accommodate her work with the care of her children.

Her dream is to pay for her children's education so they will be professionals. She also is taking all the necessary steps to apply to get her own house.

Claudia is very happy and grateful for the services offered by Fondo Esperanza. She enjoys and feels comfortable with the company, credit, loyalty, and commitment of the group she belongs to. With regard to the training given in the meetings, she has learned how to better distribute her business.

Talca is in the Maule region, located in the central part of the country. It is the administrative, economic, and cultural center of the region, being the most important city in the Central Valley of Chile. There is a curious allusion to Talca in Chile, the expression "Talca, Paris, and London." Among the many myths about the matter, some say that it derives from something an English person once said, "Talca looks like London" [Spanish "parece" 'looks like' and "París" 'Paris' sound alike] because of the abundant fog that frequently covers the city in the winter season, similar to the capital of the United Kingdom.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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