A loan of $7,300 helped a member comprará productos de belleza como rubor, lápiz labial, cremas, base de maquillaje, delineadores de labios y ojos.

Nueva Esperanza Group's story

This communal bank, Nueva Esperanza, is made up of 18 entrepreneurs who work in a variety of areas, including clothing sales, land sales, sewing, party favor sales, arts and crafts sales, beauty product sales, services, and others. All of them are from the city of Temuco.

Camila is a member of the communal bank. In the photo she's standing in the first row, the second from the right and wearing gray pants and a black jacket with pink in the clasps. Her hair is light brown and she wears it pulled back.

She has worked selling beauty products for seven months. She says she works alone from her house and has a lot of customers. She also is a saleswoman in a hardware store. She works Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and in the afternoon and evening she sells beauty products through orders. She requests the merchandise she needs from catalogues that sell beauty products.

With the loan she will buy beauty products such as rouge, lipstick, lotion, make-up, and lipliner and eyeliner.

Camila's business goals are to develop, to have a stable business, to be able to become independent, and to achieve more sales to generate greater income and have a better quality of life.

Camila lives with her mother and her 3-year-old son. Her personal dream is to be able to have her own house for her son's well-being.

She is happy about and grateful for the opportunity given her by Fondo Esperanza because it has allowed her to invest in her small business. Also, she feels very comfortable in the company of the other entrepreneurs in the communal bank group because they share various activities and interests, which also has been entertaining for her. With regard to the trainings offered in the meetings, she has learned to better manage her business.

Temuco is the capital of the Araucanía region. The city is 670 kilometers to the south of Santiago, the capital of Chile. On the outskirts are a series of lake resorts (Pucón, Villarrica) and a very striking native flora and fauna concentrated in nearby nature parks. It's worth pointing out that 50% of Chile's Mapuche Indians live in this region.

In this group: Camila, Eugenia, Victor, Maria, Lliliana, Gloria, Nency, Eric, Yohana, Monica, Luis, Gisela, Katherine, Victor, Marisol, Brenda, Maria, Miguel

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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