A loan of $4,525 helped a member to buy lingerie, blankets, sheets, pillows, towel sets, shower curtains.

Construyendo Sueños Con Esperanza Group's story

This community bank is called "Building Dreams with Hope." It consists of 19 entrepreneurs who are dedicated to different areas among which are; selling pies, lingerie, perfume, silver jewelry, market sellers, selling clothing, among other services. They all belong to the district of Casablanca, located in the city of Valparaiso.

Mirtha is a member of the community bank who in the picture is sitting in the front row, ranking second from right to left, wearing a white colored shirt, brown jacket, jeans. Her hair is light brown, long and loose. On her legs is a green and brown bag in a craftsmanship style. She sells clothing specifically linen for 2 years. She comments that she works selling clothes by catalog and offers in schools, kindergartens, to neighbors, friends and family, working from Monday to Saturday and distributes her schedule according to their availability.

The merchandise that she is going to need to buy in the city of Santiago, where she finds a variety of clothing and novelties to offer to customers at low-cost and therefore economically desirable. With the loan, she will buy lingerie clothes, blankets, sheets, pillows, towel sets, shower curtains. One of Mirtha's goals is to install a shop near the center of where she lives, where she can display all her goods and serve more comfortably and therefore generate more income and improve the quality of life.

Mirtha lives with her husband. His dreams at a working level are to grow and sell a lot more merchandise every day, and at a personal level be independent in her field. She is very happy and grateful for the opportunity provided by Fondo Esperanza, since they will allow you to invest in her business.

With respect to the community bank group that she's part of, she says that in it there is very good communication. Furthermore the training, have helped her learn new sales strategies and accounting.

Casablanca is a community in the province of Valparaiso, located in the region of the same name. It has a Mediterranean climate, with prolonged summers of drought and short but very strong winter rains. The name "Casablanca" comes from the sixteenth century when there was "a house of whitish walls" on a hill located on the side of one of its oldest roads, called royal road of carts. Today its economy is based on services, agriculture, transportation, agribusiness, tourism, and trade.

In this group: Mirtha, Oscar, Gueybbi, Elisa, Rosa, Fernanda, Nelly, Marisol, Marisol, Neil, Judith, Carmen, Maria, Karen, Katherine, Regina, Mitzi, Maria, Olivia

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