A loan of $975 helped to purchase merchandise for her general store.

Alondra's story

Alondra is a member of the Community Bank, “Las Gaviotas” (The Gulls), which is located in the city of Talcahuano. Alondra makes a living selling animal and pet food, and also has a general store, which she established about two years ago. She operates her business from her home, and she works Monday through Sunday, from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm. She purchases her merchandise directly from distributors from whom she can hopefully receive lower prices. With the support from this loan, she plans to purchase merchandise for her general store. One of her goals is to grow her business and eventually add office machines, such as a photocopy machine, a hole-punch machine, and a laminating machine.

Alondra lives with her husband and their two children, ages 18 and 11. Her oldest son is studying in a university, and his dream is to one day have a successful business to generate good income and have a better quality of life. Alondra is grateful for the opportunity given her by Fondo Esperanza, and she is happy to be a member of the Community Bank, as she feels connected to the group and motivated to continue her participation in the institution.

Talcahuano is a community and city-port in the Biobío region in the south of Chile. It is known for being one of the main ports in the country. Its name in the Mapuche tongue is Mapudungun, which means thundering sky. The region has naturally beautiful geography, since it is made up of a combination of sea coast and inlets, rivers, fertile plains, meadows and mountains, and has beautiful plants and vegetation. Its economy is based on the port, as well as the Navy Base and an important industrial neighborhood that houses steel factories, oil refineries, petro-chemistry facilities, cement plants, gas plants, etc.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gillian Goodrich

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