A loan of $5,925 helped a member to buy natural basic materials and acrylics.


El Arca De La Fe Group's story

Introducing “El Arca de la Fe” (Faith’s Ark), a Communal Bank composed of 19 entrepreneurs coming from the town of Chillán. They engages in different activities such as painting cars, running a general store, selling sweets, selling pastry, selling clothes, selling jewels, selling furniture, selling beauty products, running a warehouse, running a bookstore and other services.
Doris is the President of this Communal Bank Group. In the picture she is standing at the back of the group, occupying the sixth place from left to right. She is wearing a white blouse, two big grey earrings, and she is wearing her dark hair down.
She has been engaging in arts and decorations, specifically in painting pictures, for 2 years. She works Mondays to Sundays, her working hours depending on her availability. She has two workplaces: one is a locale close to where she lives and the other is a workshop she has set up in her own house.
She generally buys her products in bookstores and wood supplying companies, as they sell at low prices and this is economically convenient for her.
The loan she is requesting will be used to buy natural basic materials and acrylics to paint her pictures.
Two of the goals Doris has for her activity are to have more pictures to sell and to make new advertisements for her shop in order to bring it to everybody’s attention.
Doris lives with her husband and their three children aged 14, 6 and 5. She dreams of having her own house and of succeeding in setting up a locale in the city center in order to offer a better standard of living to her family.
She is very happy and deeply grateful for the opportunity she has been given by Fondo Esperanza, as this will help her investing in her activity. She says that there is good communication in the Communal Bank she is a member of; on a different note, the seminars have helped her learning new selling and accounting strategies.
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: Doris, Priscilla, Irene, Jeannette, Lylia, Maricel, Leontina, Alicia, Sandra, Marisol, Ana, Elba, Jeanette, Rose, Silvana, Adriana, Susana, Marco, Jose

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emanuela Villa



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