A loan of $525 helped to buy wicker, in order to make figures and other things that her customers might order.

Jacqueline's story

Jacqueline is a member of the communal bank "Forjadoras de Sueños" [Dream Makers], in the city of Rancagua. She has been making wicker handicrafts (figures made of metal and wood, with additional, small and big accessories) for 15 years. She mentions that she has a stall at home, from Monday to Sunday. Her opening times depend on her availability.

She buys her merchandise from different distributors and establishments where she finds wicker at a low cost, which is good economically. With the loan she will only buy wicker, to make her figures and whatever her customers order. One of Jacqueline's goals is to expand her business and to be able to sell close to the highway, because this handicraft is usually sold this way. In this way, she can think of having a better quality of life.

Jacqueline lives together with her husband and two children, 19 and 16 years old, who are now attending school. Her dreams, from a professional perspective, are to have her own wicker workshop and to continue progressing as a micro entrepreneur. She likes her business very much and it has helped her economically, so she has been able to get her family and children ahead.

She feels very happy and thankful for the opportunity given by Fondo Esperanza, because it has helped her invest in her business. Besides, she feels comfortable with other entrepreneurs' company at the communal bank, because they share different activities and interests. Regarding the training sessions during the meetings, she has learned to manage her business in a better way.

Rancagua is located in the Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins region. It is a modern city, which regulates the main productive and export activities of viticulture and fruit growing in Chile. It is also a mining city, because the largest subterranean mine in the world, "El Teniente", with 4500-km long tunnels, can be found in its mountains.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand

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