A loan of $1,700 helped to buy elastic, needles, fabric, fleece, pique fabric and lace.

Maria's story

Maria is part of the Communal Bank “Mis Sueños” (My Dreams) belonging to the city of Talca.

She has worked in fashion and dressmaking for 50 years. She mostly makes tracksuits (for schools), skirts, t-shirts, blouses, wedding dresses and formal dress. She works with her daughter. She converted part of her house into a workshop and she works the hours that she has available.

The goods and supplies that she needs, such as fabric, fleece, and various accessories for sewing and dressmaking, can be found in the city of Santiago, where everything can be found for a low cost, which is therefore economically convenient.

With the loan she will buy elastic, needles, fabric, fleece, pique fabric and lace.

One of Maria's goals is to have a small shop in her house, where she can include other types of goods and simultaneously carry out her sewing and dressmaking, and so generate more income and provide well for her family. Maria lives with her daughter, who works with her in sewing and dressmaking. She dreams of having a shop where she can serve her clients in a calmer way and sell other products.

She is very happy and grateful for the opportunity that Fondo Esperanza has given her, as it has allowed her to invest in her business. She also feels very comfortable with the company of the other enterprising women of the Banco Comunal group, as they share different activities and interests. With respect to the training imparted in the meeting, she has learnt to manage her business in a better way.

Talca belongs to the Maule region, located in the central zone of the country. It constitutes the administrative, economic and cultural centre of the region, being the most important city in the Chilean Central Valley.

There is a strange saying about Talca in Chile, "Talca, Paris, London". Some say that this saying derives from something originally said by an English person, "Talca is like London" because of the abundant mist that frequently covers the city in winter.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alice Kilpatrick

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