A loan of $1,100 helped to buy vests, dishcloths, sheets, undergarments, t-shirts and curtains.

Maria's story

Maria is part of the "El Milagro" ("The Miracle") Communal Bank in the city of Curicó.

She works in the area of clothing sales, which she has done for two years. She remarks that she works from Monday to Saturday and makes her schedule depending on her availability. Her sales specialize in adult clothing and household items like dishcloths and curtains.

She buys her merchandise from different distributors and businesses in Santiago, where she finds a great variety of quality clothing at a low cost, which makes it economically convenient.

With this loan, she will buy vests, dishcloths, sheets, undergarments, t-shirts and curtains.

One of Maria's goals is to grow and maintain her business in order to generate more income so that she can achieve a better quality of life and economic well-being for her family.

Maria lives with her 31 year-old daughter, her son-in-law, and her 7 year-old granddaughter. Her dreams on a professional level are to dedicate herself one hundred percent to her business and to serve her customers well. On a personal level, her dream is to fix her house.

She is very happy with and grateful for the opportunity offered by Fondo Esperanza, as it will allow her to invest in her business. She remarks 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. In regards to her communal bank, she remarks that they have very good communication and respect for one another.

Curicó is located in the Maule region in the country's central zone. Curicó has a Mediterranean climate considered to be one of the most pleasant in the country. It is characterized by its naturally beautiful surroundings and a culture centered around wine. Despite its growing work force, this zone continues to be, according to the last census, one of the poorest in the country.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Katie Kavanagh

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