A loan of $825 helped to buy wools, glue, tacks, thread, needles and stretchers for making her pictures, weavings and clothing.

Julia's story

Julia is part of the “Caminando Juntos” communal bank located in the city of Rancagua.

She works in the handicrafts sector, specifically knitting and crochet, and makes tablecloths, doilies, pictures and clothing.

She has been doing her handicrafts work for four years. She works from Monday to Saturday. Sometimes her granddaughter, to whom she taught her occupation, helps her. She divides her work hours according to her availability, as she works on the basis of orders from her clientele.

She buys her merchandise at wool distributors, and at other times buys it in the city Santiago, because of the great variety of wools and threads that are available at low cost, and therefore affordable.

With the loan she will buy wools, glue, tacks, thread, needles, as well as stretchers for making her pictures, weavings and clothing.

One of Julia's goals is to have a bit of capital in order to set up a liquor store in her own home, and with this, choose a better quality of life and leave her crafts as hobbies.

Julia lives alone at the present time. She has two children, each of whom has their own family and says that she be getting married at the end of the year.

Her dream is to have good health in order to enjoy her business and her family.

She is very happy and grateful for the opportunity that Fondo Esperanza has offered her, as it has allowed her to invest in her business. In addition, she feels very comfortable with the other entrepreneurs in the communal bank group, as they are like a close-knit family.

Rancagua is part of the Libertador Bernardo O´Higgins region. This modern city is a principal center for the production and export of Chilean fruit and wine. It is also a mining city, as the world's largest underground mine, "El Teniente," with its 4,500 km of tunnels, is located in its mountain range.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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