A loan of $1,125 helped to buy a better quality and class of jewelry.

Maria's story

María is part of Mirando hacia un Futuro Mejor Communal Bank in the city of Talca. She has worked for two years in the area of jewelry and women's lingerie.

She works from Monday through Sunday, according to her availability. She sells her products in banks, schools, and hospitals, and to steady customers. She says she buys her merchandise in the city of Santiago directly from merchants who specialize in selling jewelry and women's lingerie.

With the loan she will buy a better quality and class of jewelry, which her customers have requested.

One of María's goals is to have a more stable business, to install a place where she can show her merchandise to her customers, and at the same time have a better quality of life with more income.

María lives with her husband and two children, ages 9 and 12, who are students. Her dreams for work are to have a fixed location to give her family the best and to feel fulfilled as a micro-entrepreneur.

She is very happy about and grateful for the opportunity offered by Fondo Esperanza because it will allow her to invest in her business. With regard to the communal bank group of which she is a member, she comments that they communicate well. Also, the trainings have helped her learn new sales and accounting strategies.

Talca is in the Maule region, located in the central part of the country. It is the administrative, economic, and cultural center of the region, being the most important city in the Central Valley of Chile. There is a curious allusion to Talca in Chile, the expression "Talca, Paris, and London." Among the many myths about the matter, some say that it derives from something an English person once said, "Talca looks like London" [Spanish "parece" 'looks like' and "París" 'Paris' sound alike] because of the abundant fog that frequently covers the city in the winter season, similar to the capital of the United Kingdom.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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