A loan of $4,125 helped a member to buy supplies for her sewing and material for upholstering bus seats.

Las Rosas Group's story

This community bank is called “Las Rosas” and it has 16 members who all work in different business activities including running a tire repair shop, selling costume jewelry, producing nuts and dried fruit, hairdressing, making handicrafts, baking, etc.

All the members of the bank live in the town of La Serena. Cecilia is a member of the community bank. She can be seen in the front row of the photo, second from the left. She is wearing a long, checked skirt and a printed blouse. Her hair is dark brown and she has bangs.

Cecilia's business is making school clothes and soft furnishings (drapes). She also upholsters bus seats.

On Wednesdays and Thursdays, Cecilia upholsters bus seats and, during the rest of the week, she makes clothes and soft furnishings. She works from home and, a short while ago, she extended her home. In her home, she has three different sewing machines: two regular machines and an overlock machine. All three are industrial machines.

Cecilia has been in this line of work for 10 years and she is continually increasing her knowledge in her field. She buys her supplies from a distributor.

Cecilia will use her loan to buy supplies for her sewing. She will also buy material with which to recover bus seats. Her goals are to set herself up in her own workshop and to own more machines, in particular an embroidery machine as companies are asking her to make institutional logos (emblems). She would also like to provide a source of work for other people.

Cecilia lives together with her daughter who is studying. One of her dreams is to set herself up in her own workshop so that she can make more income and thereby provide her family with a better quality of life. She is very happy and grateful for the opportunity that Fondo Esperanza are giving her to invest in her business. She says that the group she belongs to is very committed and responsible.

La Serena is a town in the north of Chile, in Coquimbo region, Elqui province. It is an important tourist town, especially during the summer when people come to visit its beaches. The town is dedicated above all to the service sector. There are several banks and financial institutions, and a varied range of dining establishments and hotels. In recent decades, tourism has become one of the most important business activities in the town. In addition, the town is an obligatory stopover for the hundreds of cruises that arrive in the city of Coquimbo. La Serena provides temporary accommodation for people visiting the area and the Elqui Valley.

In this group: María Cecilia, Raquel, Jeannette, Silvia, Patricia, Paula, Roberto, Alexis, Carlos, Hector, Angela, Nelson, Paola, Edith, Margarita, Pamela

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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