A loan of $5,600 helped a member buy fabrics, thread, needles, and zippers.

Las Jefas De Yerbas Buenas Group's story

This Communal Bank is called, "The Peppermint Leaders," and is made up of 18 hardworking individuals. They work in different types of jobs such as: clothing sales, kiosk, meal, cheese, bread, household item sales, and other services. They all live in the city of Linares.
Natividad is a member of the Communal Bank and is seen second in line, from right to left, in the photo. She is wearing a red and white stripped blouse and a sleeveless winter jacket. She wears her hair down and her hair is dark brown.
She has been working in the fashion department for a year now. She took some designing courses and was able to begin her business. She works from Tuesday to Friday. She has a room where she works from. Her work schedule is fitted around her availability.
She purchases her merchandise from Linares City in shops that specialize in selling materials at reasonable prices.
She will use the loan to buy fabric, thread, needles, and zippers.
One of Natividad's goals is to have a local shop for clothing, curtain, tablecloth, cushion making and offer her clients a more comfortable place to shop.
Natividad lives with her husband and 2 children, of 13 and 7 years of age, who are in school. Her dreams for her job are to continue sewing and have more clientele. Her personal dreams are to help her family and offer her children a good education.
She is very happy with the help being offered by Fondo Ezperanza since this will help her invest in her business. In addition, she feels very comfortable with the other members of the Communal Bank since they share various activities, and interests that also serve as entertainment. Thanks to the training offered during the meetings she has leraned how to better manage her business.
Linares is an important urban town in the region of Maule, in the central are of the country. This area has produced agricultural and wine exportations.
They stand out in producing cereals (rice, wheat, corn, and oatmeal), vegetables (beets, cabbage, lettuce, chard, and legumes) and fruits. Linares is the main province that produces rice in Chile. In fact, 78% of the national rice production comes from this province, especially in the town of Peru.

In this group: Natividad, Jeseni, Alexander, Maria, Eduvigis, Bernardina, Mirtha, Jacqueline, Leticia, Gloria, Cecilia, Elizabeth, Maria, Regina, Susana, Rosa, Marta, Miguel

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Susan Garza

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