A loan of $850 helped to buy bulk clothing for the summer season.

Sandra's story

Sandra belongs to the communal bank “El Milagro” in the city of Curicó. For the past three years, she has been selling used and new clothing for all ages at open-air markets four days a week from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m and all day on Sundays. She must purchase the merchandise from importers in Santiago where she finds bulk clothing at low prices that make her business economically feasible. She will use the loan to buy bulk clothing for the summer season.

One of Sandra's goals is to have her own business where she can offer her clients less hectic service, show her merchandise to better advantage, and generate more income for her family. Sandra lives with her husband and six-year-old son. Regarding her business, her dream is to have an established shop. Her dream for her family is to provide for her son and give him an excellent education.

Sandra is happy and grateful for the opportunity offered by Fondo Esperanza since it will let her invest in her business. She says the communication in her group is very good. The training has helped her learn new sales and accounting strategies.

Curicó is located in the Maule region in the center of the country. Curicó's Mediterranean-style climate is one of the nicest in the country. The city is known for its wine making and beautiful surroundings. Despite the fact that the labor force has increased, according to the latest census, the area continues to be one of the country's poorest.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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