A loan of $4,075 helped a member to buy sewing supplies.

El Amanecer Group's story

This communal bank is called “El Amanecer” (Dawn) and it has 18 entrepreneurs who carry out various lines of work among which we have: sewing, catering, used clothes sales, electrician, underwear sales, fast-food and services, among others. All are from the city of Chillán.

Elizabeth, communal bank President, appears in the photo standing in the first row, second from left to right, wearing a black shirt and gray vest; her hair is dark brown and she wears it loose.

She sews, embroiders and makes clothes specifically sweatshirts and t-shirts. She’s been in this business for a year and works every day. She manages her time according to availability because her daughter is little.

The merchandise she needs she buys in the city of Santiago because it’s a place where she can find merchandise at low cost so it’s convenient economically.

She will use the loan to buy all types of thread, fabric, buttons and zippers to stock her sewing workshop. Her business goals are to have the opportunity to have an independent locale and to add industrial machines like embroiderers to offer better quality in the sewing and dressmaking work to her customers.

Elizabeth lives with her 8-year-old daughter who is studying and one of her dreams is to give economic stability to her daughter so that in the future she can attend the university.

She is very happy and grateful for the opportunity Fondo Esperanza is giving her because it’s allowed her to invest in her business. Also, she feels very comfortable in the company of the other entrepreneurs in the communal bank because they share different activities.

Chillán is a commune in the south-central part of Chile. Its name means “Seat of the Sun” in Mapudungun, the language of our indigenous Mapuches. Chillán is known as the “Cradle of the Fatherland” or “Land of Artists” because many outstanding figures in Chilean history were born in this city like, for example, the well-known pianist, Claudio Arrau.

In this group: Elizabeth, Victoria, Maria, Sara, Jose, Nelsin, Cecilia, Maria, Nelsin, Luis, Cristina, Margarita, Maria, Beatriz, Hilda, Marjorie, Daniel, Juana

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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