A loan of $1,200 helped to buy merchandise, specifically drinks, ice cream, sugar, tea, noodles, sausages, and yogurt.

Ines's story

Inés is part of the "Forjadoras de Sueños" ("Dream Shapers") Communal Bank in the city of Rancagua.

She has run a mini-market for six years. She explains that she works in her house, where she adapted a space to set up her business. She works from Monday through Sunday from 9:00 to 1:00 in the morning. Sometimes she closes later when her customers stay late to play on the machines she has set up at her business.

She buys the merchandise and ingredients she needs to stock her business from supermarkets, dairy and sausage sellers, and low-cost beverage distributors, which are economically convenient.

With this loan, she will buy merchandise, specifically drinks, ice cream, sugar, tea, noodles, sausages, and yogurt.

One of Inés' goals is to move forward and to keep growing her business, since thanks to it she has the basics her family needs and has been able to advance her children's educations.

Inés lives with her husband, seven year-old twins, a 20 year-old daughter, her mother-in-law, and her mother. Her dream on a personal and family level is to go on vacation with her husband and children. She comments that it has been more than ten years since they went anywhere. On a work level, her goal is to generate more income and a stable economy for her family.

She is very happy and grateful for the opportunity offered by Fondo Esperanza, as it will allow her to invest in her business. She comments that the training workshops have been fundamental to her business as well as to her personal development, as she has learned how to better organize and distribute her income and investments.

Rancagua belongs to the Liberator Bernardo O'Higgins region. It is a modern city that regulates the primary production and export of Chilean fruit and wine. It is also a mining city thanks to its mountain range, which includes the largest subterranean mine in the world, "El Teniente," with 4,500 kilometers of tunnels.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Katie Kavanagh

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