A loan of $575 helped to buy high-quality fabric only, in a variety of colors.


Nancy's story

Nancy belongs to the "El Milagro" communal bank in the city of Curicó. She has been a dressmaker for 25 years. She took some specialized courses which allowed her to improve herself and launch her business.

Specifically, she makes uniforms, track suits and skirts, for school. She carries on her sewing work and dressmaking from Monday to Sunday, and distributes her hours of work in accordance with her availability.

She seeks out customers, and they also come to her home to place orders for uniforms. She buys her merchandise in the city of Santiago, at distributors and shops where she finds high-quality fabric in a variety of colors, at low cost, and therefore affordable.

With the loan, she will buy high-quality fabrics only, in a variety of colors. One of Nancy's goals is to continue with her business, in order to generate greater income, and with this, access a better quality of life.

Nancy lives with her husband and four children, ages 25, 12, 17 and 9, who are all in school. Her dream for her work is to have a workshop just for her sewing and dressmaking, and at the family level, to provide her children with a good education.

She is very happy and grateful for the opportunity that Fondo Esperanza has offered her, as it has allowed her to invest in her business. In addition she feels very happy to be with the other entrepreneurs, as they are very close-knit group and there is respect.

Curicó is located in the Maule region, in the central part of the country. Curicó's climate is Mediterranean and is considered one of the most pleasant in the country. It is also known for its culture related to wine, and for its beautiful natural surroundings.

Despite the fact that the workforce has grown, this area continues to be, according to the latest census, one of the poorest in the country.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie



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