A loan of $1,500 helped to buy heated pillows, kettles, and massagers to stock her business.

Maria's story

Maria is part of the community bank "La Unión del Esfuerzo" in the city of Talca.
She has been working selling goods for 3 years. Specifically, she sells home goods such as massagers, bed covers, heated pillows, kettles, and more. She says that, for the moment she runs her business from home to orders from her customers as she has a new-born baby and cannot go out to make sales. She works Monday to Friday at hours when she is available.
She buys her stock from distributors in the city of Santiago at low cost, which makes it economically desirable.
She will use the loan to buy heated pillows, kettles, and massagers to stock her store.
One of Maria's goals is to open a store where she can display her stock so that her customers feel satisfied when they are buying. In this way, she would generate more income and get a better quality of life.
Maria lives with her husband and her 2 children. Her dreams are to get a store where she can sell her home products and to have more resources at home as her children are growing and, at the same time, the need to give them a good life is growing.
Maria is very happy and grateful for the loan and services offered by Fondo Esperanza. She also says that she feels very comfortable at the group meetings as there is generosity and unity.
Talca belongs to the Maule region located in the central zone of the country. It constitutes the administrative, cultural, and religious center of the region, being the most important city of Chile's Valle Central. In Chile, there is a curious saying about Talca: "Talca, París, y Londres." Among the explanations for this, some say that it is derived from an original saying in English: "Talca is like London" on account of the mist that frequently covers the city in the winter season, like in the capital of the United Kingdom.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alison Hynd

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