A loan of $2,575 helped a member to buy clothes.

Ilusión De Crecer Group's story

This communal bank is called “Ilusión de Crecer” and has 18 members who are in different lines of work among which we can mention clothing sales and preparation of traditional dishes from southern Chile, among others. All of them are from the city of Castro.

Alejandra is a member of the communal bank. In the photo she’s seated in the front row third from right to left wearing a sweatshirt and athletic shoes. She sells used and new clothes. She sells her items from home and also door to door to acquaintances and family members.

She’s been in this occupation for three years but comments that she’s done very well with her sales because she has a good number of customers and she’s also very motivated to continue because she comments that it provides her with certain personal and time independence because she can be flexible with her schedules and look after her children.

She buys her merchandise at wholesale in the Meiggs neighborhood located in the city of Santiago. The loan is to buy clothing to stock her business. Her business goal is to set up her store in a fixed locale.

Alejandra lives with her husband and two children who are 8 and 2 years old. Her dream is to prosper in her business to provide her family with a better quality of life.

She is very happy and grateful for the opportunity Fondo Esperanza has provided her to participate because she’s been able to invest in her business. On the other hand, the group in the communal bank is very pleasant and committed and a good communication exists among the entrepreneurs in the group.

Castro is the capital of Chiloé Island (the largest island in South America), in the Los Lagos Region in the south of Chile. Its natural surroundings are preserved with almost no human intervention. It has a culture that’s rich in myth and legends. One of its greatest attractions is the “palafitos” (houses) built on wooden stilts along the shore over the sea.

In this group: Alejandra, Rosa, Jimena, Sandra, Valeria, Jenny, Santiago, Nadia, Veronica, Segundo, Ada, Jocelyn, Eduviges, Ingrid, Sandra, Ema, Sandra, María

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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