A loan of $1,425 helped to buy material, scissors, threads and needles.

Maria's story

Maria is a member of the 'Las Estrellas' community bank in the city of Temuco.

Maria's business is sewing, specifically dressmaking. She also sometimes sells clothing. She has been in this business for 40 years. She says that she took some courses and, over time, she perfected her skills and started her business.

Maria does her sewing work from Monday to Friday and her work hours very according to her availability. She buys her merchandise in the cities of Temuco and Santiago because of the wide range of goods there and the low prices which are financially convenient for her. She will use her loan to buy material, scissors, threads and needles.

One of Maria's goals for her business is to continue sewing because she really likes the work she does. She would also like to make more income so that she can enjoy a better quality of life.

Maria lives together with her father. Her dreams on a personal level are to buy a house. On a business level, she would like to be able to work with her niece as she has trained her in this field.

Maria is very happy and grateful for the opportunity that Fondo Esperanza have given her because it has allowed her to invest in her business. She feels very comfortable in the company of the other entrepreneurs in her community bank because they share different activities and interests which has helped to keep her occupied.

Temuco is the capital of Araucanía region. The city is 670 kilometers to the south of Santiago (the capital of Chile). In the surrounding areas there are a series of lake resorts (Pucón, Villarrica) and very attractive native flora and fauna which are concentrated in nearby natural reserves. This region is home to 50% of the Mapuches, the indigenous people who live in our country.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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