A loan of $1,075 helped to purchase an overlock sewing machine and materials such as thread and needles.

Norma's story

Norma is a member of the community bank "El Almendral" which is located in the town of Peñalolén, city of Santiago. She has worked in the sewing industry for twenty years. For more than ten years, she has had a sewing workshop located in a room in her home. There she has five sewing machines, including a straight stitch machine, overlock machine, and a machine for working on collars. She makes school clothing. She has orders for more than 300 polo shirts. Her goal is to distribute the school clothes directly to the schools without an intermediary. Norma works for small businesses and occasionally takes orders or does alterations for individuals.

With the loan she is requesting, she will purchase an overlock sewing machine and materials such as thread and needles.

She says the time with the highest demand is the summer, between January and May, because it is time for school.

Her goal is to rent another house to build a workshop with more amenities where she can grow her business and offer work to other people.

Norma lives with her three children who are 15, 18, and 24 years old. Her dreams on a personal level are to own her own house, that her children will be professionals, and to build her own sewing workshop.

She is very happy and grateful for the opportunities provided by Fondo Esperanza since they allow her to invest in her business. She says that she has very good relationships with her community bank group since they do things together. The trainings provided at the meetings have allowed her to improve her accounting strategy for her business, which has been very positive.

Peñalolén is located to the east of the metropolitan area. It has many attractions including vineyards, historical buildings, and natural sites to tour. These elements are transforming this area into a new tourist destination in the metropolitan area.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd

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