A loan of $5,925 helped a member to buy fabric, thread and needles to make interactive cushions that her customers are requesting.

Quince Mas Uno Group's story

This communal bank called "Quince mas uno" is made up of 23 enterprising people who work in the field of commerce, specifically jewellery sales, decorations, the sale of eggs, the sale of empanadas, hairdressing, and massages, among other services. They all belong to the community of Conchali, located in the city of Santiago.

Katherine, a member of the communal bank, is located in the photo standing, first on the left, dressed in blue pants, black shoes and a black jacket, and with long, dark brown hair worn loose. She works selling interactive cushions (cushions in the form of animals, little cars, especially for small children). She has worked in this field for 6 months, and works every day.

Her merchandise is purchased from fabric distributors in the community of Independencia, a city located in Santiago.

With the loan she will buy fabric, thread and needles to make more cushions that her customers are requesting.

Her goals are to grow her business and to be able to expand, in order to earn more income, and thus to aim for a better quality of life.

Katherine lives with her two daughters, aged 6 and 3. Her dreams are to get ahead every day and to have stability in her business and be able to work with large, prestigious companies.

She is very happy with and grateful for the opportunity that Fondo Esperanza has offered her to invest in her business. She also feels very comfortable with the group that participates, as they are united and there is respect and trust.

Conchali is a community in the north of the metropolitan region (where Santiago, the capital of Chile, is located). It has a defined industrial district and a number of small economic and commercial acitivites, including markets, artesanal workshops, garages and bus terminals, among others. The microempresarial sector is very important in its commercial activity.

In this group: Katherine, Doris, Sandra, Patricia, Maria, Marianela, Veronica, Maria, Joselyn, Juan Pablo, Dario, Luis, Fabiola, Silvia, Rosa, Vicente, Patricia, Claudia, Jocelyn, Veronica, Patricia, Maria, Maria
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lorna Gladman

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