A loan of $950 helped to buy merchandise to sell.

Bianca's story

Bianca is a member of the Communal Bank “Futuros Emprendedores” (Future Entrepreneurs) which is located in the town of Peñalolén. She works in the retail trade, specifically selling handcrafted products, which include clothing from India for women, men, and children, and accessories such as rings, necklaces, bracelets, scarves, and other items. She offers all of her merchandise from a vending stall at both the open market and at the Persian fair. Her work schedule is from Tuesday to Sunday.

Bianca says that her venture is a family business that has been in operation for seven years. She works with her mother and brother. Bianca purchases her merchandise from different distributors, especially those that offer the most affordable prices. With this loan she will buy merchandise for her business, mostly innovative products.

Bianca lives with her mother, her brother, and her six-year-old daughter. She says that she is studying at the university for a law degree, so one of her dreams is to finish her studies. In addition, she would like to buy a house of her own and provide her daughter a better quality of life. Bianca is very pleased and appreciative of the opportunity given to her by Fondo Esperanza so that she can invest in her business. In addition, she says that the assistance she receives not only consists of financing, but it also includes education. As part of her training classes, Bianca has learned more advanced methods of accounting. By working alongside her Communal Bank group, she feels united, responsible, and committed.

Peñalolén is located east of the Metropolitana region. It has several attractions such as vineyards, historical buildings, and natural archaeological sites. These elements have transformed this area into a tourist haven in the Metropolitana region.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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