A loan of $1,250 helped to buy a freezer and more stock merchandise for her store.

Patricia's story

Patricia is part of the “Semillitas Del Sur” (Little Seeds from the South) communal bank belonging to the city of Talca. She’s been a merchant, specifically a grocer, for the last two years. She comments that she works by herself Monday through Saturday from 9am until 9pm; her store is home-based. She buys the merchandise and supplies she needs to restock her store in various economically convenient supermarkets and low-price distributorships.

She will use the loan to buy a freezer and a little more merchandise to stock her store. One of her goals is to have a larger store with a greater variety of products and ingredients for her clientele to generate higher income and thus be able to opt for a better quality of life.

Patricia lives with her husband and two daughters who are 19 and 10 years old and who are students. Her dream is to own her house to provide her family with a better quality of life.

She is very grateful and happy for the opportunity Fondo Esperanza has given her because it’s allowed her to invest in her business. In addition, she feels very comfortable in the company of her fellow entrepreneurs in the communal bank because they share different activities and interests which have been moments of enjoyment for her. With respect to the training provided at meetings, she’s learned how to better run her business.

Talca belongs to the Maule Region located in the center of the country. It’s the administrative, cultural and economic center of the region being the most important city in the Chilean Central Valley.

There is a curious reference to Talca in Chile, the phrase “Talca, París y Londres” (Talca, Paris and London). Among the myths referring to it, some say it comes originally from something an Englishman said: “Talca parece Londres” (Talca seems like London) because of the thick fog that frequently blankets the city in winter similar to the capital of the United Kingdom.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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