A loan of $2,750 helped a member to buy women's clothing, specifically blouses.

Los Semilleros De Huepil Group's story

This communal bank, called Los Semilleros de Huepil, is made up of 19 entrepreneurs who work in different areas, including salad preparation, jewelry sales, lingerie sales, shoe repair, tailoring, hairdressing, and frozen food sales, among other businesses. All of them are in the city of Chillán.

Jessica is the delegate of the communal bank group. In the photo she is in the middle of the front row, wearing a Calypso dress printed with different colors, black, yellow, green, fuchsia. She wears her mahogany-colored hair loose with bangs.

She has worked selling new clothing for women for approximately a year. She buys her merchandise on the Internet or directly in her Patronato neighborhood, buying exclusive styles. Her work schedule is flexible and her customers are acquaintances and close to her house.

With the loan she will buy women's clothing, specifically blouses.

One of her goals for her business is to have a boutique in which she can offer her merchandise in a more attractive and comfortable way, to attract more customers.

Jessica lives with her husband and three children, ages 13, 5, and 2. One of her personal dreams is to study some field with a specialization in languages.

In addition, she is very happy, motivated, and grateful to participate in Fondo Esperanza because it will allow her to invest in her business and learn new techniques to improve the accounting in her business. She comments that the group is very committed and the meetings enjoyable.

Chillán is a village in the south-central part of Chile. The name means "Chair of the Sun" in Mapudungun, the language of our indigenous Mapuche. Chillán is known as the "Birthplace of the Country" or "Land of the Artists" because in this region many of the great figures of Chilean history were born, such as, for example, the well-known pianist Claudio Arrau.

In this group: Jessica, Mirta, Gabriela, Isabel, Victoria, Virginia, Bernarda, Adriana, Jorge, Marianela, Caupolican, Sergio, Johana, Bernardita, Francisca, Flor, Jorge, Marcela, Marcela

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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