A loan of $1,075 helped to buy scarves, earrings, studs, stationery, thread, needles, purses, and display cabinets to display her merchandise.


Maria's story

Maria is a member of the "Forjadores de sueños" Communal Bank in the city of Rancagua.

For eight months, she has made a living selling merchandise, such as stationery and artisan products, in a general store. She makes various types of purses to sell as artisan products in her store. She works from Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m until 8 p.m. She rents a space to sell merchandise to her clients, which consists of clothing, home goods, and stationery.

She buys her merchandise in the city of Santiago from various distributors, artisan galleries, vendors and importers at a low cost, so that it is financially convenient.

With this loan she will buy scarves, earrings, studs, stationery, thread, needles, purses, and display cabinets to display her merchandise.

One of Maria's goals is to become independent and to open another store, because at the moment she works with her sister. This would bring in more income, as well as a better quality of life and help with the children's education.

Maria lives with her two children, ages 22 and 26. Her elder son is finishing his studies, and the younger one is working. Her dreams in terms of her work are to grow her business and set up a local independent shop to offer her merchandise to her clients. As for her family, her dream is to see her children working and to fulfill her duties with them.

She is very happy and grateful for the opportunity which Fondo Esperanza has given her, because it has allowed her to invest in her business. Furthermore, she feels very comfortable in the company of the other entrepreneurs of the communal bank, because they all have different activities and interests, which has allowed her to have a moment of distraction.

Rancagua is located in the region of El Libertador Bernando O'Higgins. It is a modern city which controls the most important production and exportation of produce and wine in Chile. It is also a mining city, due to the fact that the largest underground mine in the world, "El Teniente", is located in its range, with 4.500 km of tunnels.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz



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