A loan of $4,175 helped a member comprará específicamente accesorios varios como relojes murales, jarros plásticos, clavos.

Feria Persa Loncomilla Group's story

This communal bank is called, “Feria Persa Loncomilla,” and is made up of 21 entrepreneurs who work in different lines of work, such as street market vendors, sales of clothing, electronic items, tools, accessories, used furniture, household appliances, as well as services. All of them are from the city of San Javier.

Orlando is is a member of the communal bank group. He is seen in the photo, crouching in the first row, occupying the first position from left to right, and wearing blue-coloured pants and blue jacket with white sleeves. His hair is dark, and he wears it short.

His line of work is selling firewood and charcoal. He carries on other businesses as well, such as transport and the sale of plastic items, and he has a furniture workshop. He has been selling firewood and charcoal for five years.

He says that he works every day. He sells the plastic items in street markets. He has his furniture workshop in his home and does freight jobs when a customer requests it, whether outside the city or inside of it. He arranges his schedule according to his availability.

Merchandise such as plastic items, he buys in the city of Santiago at good prices, and the rest he buys in the city of San Javier.

With the loan, he will buy merchandise, specifically various accessories such as wall clocks and plastic mugs.

One of Orlando's goals is to continue working to generate greater income; to enjoy life, as it is very short, and to give the best to his wife and granddaughter.

Orlando lives with his wife, 13-year-old granddaughter, his son who works as a seasonal worker, and an aunt. His dream at the family level is to leave his granddaughter well set up for the foreseeable future.

He is very happy and grateful for the the opportunity offered by Fondo Esperanza, as it will allow him to invest in his business. With respect to the communal bank group he belongs to, he says that there is very good communication among the members. Moreover, The training has enabled him to learn new sales strategies, as well as accounting.

San Javier is a city and commune in the central area of Chile, and is part of the Maule region. It is primarily known for wine-growing. The local vineyards are part of the area known as Valle del Loncomilla, from which come some of the best Chilean wines: Viña Carolina, Viña Gillmore and others.

In this group: Jose, Hector, Maria, Marcelo, Yesica, Alicia, Juan, Liliana, Anyela, Pamela, Carlos, Patricia, Sandra, Maria, Natividad, Lorenzo, Barbara, Elisabeth, Dayana, Maria, Maria

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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