A loan of $7,025 helped a member to buy sterile dressings, gauze, metal surgical pans, scissors, tweezers, masks, bandages, and alcohol.

Mujeres Olimpicas Group's story

This Communal Bank is named “Mujeres Olímpicas” (Olympic Women) and consists of 19 entrepreneurs who engage in various trades. These businesses include selling firewood and charcoal, selling perfumes, managing a beauty salon, selling bread, managing a warehouse, selling snacks, producing embroideries, selling cosmetics, providing services, and other trades. All of the members are from the city of Chillán.

Esteban, a member of this Communal Bank, is the gentleman in the photo who is slightly bent over in the second row. He is in the first position going from left to right. Esteban is wearing a black and gray vest. He has dark brown hair that is cut short.

Esteban has been providing first aid and wound care services for the past seven years. He says that he works from home and his customers call on him whenever they need treatment. The supplies that he needs are purchased in the city of Concepción, which is very close by and offers first aid products at low cost, thus making it financially convenient for him. His loan will be used to buy sterile dressings, gauze, metal surgical pans, scissors, tweezers, masks, bandages, and alcohol.

One of Esteban’s goals is to continue his business so that he can help cure people who are not able to heal on their own. In addition, he hopes to generate more income and achieve a better quality of life. Esteban lives with his partner. His dreams for his family include owning a home so that he can provide his partner with better stability. He is pleased and grateful for the opportunity that has been provided by Fondo Esperanza so that he can invest in his business. With respect to his Communal Bank, Esteban says there is good communication that exists within his group. He says that the training classes have been essential for his business and his personal development. He has learned how to become organized and do a better job of allocating his earnings and investments.

Chillán is a city and community located on the south central coast of Chile. Its name means "seat of the sun" in mapudungun, the language of the indigenous mapuches. Chillán is known as the "cradle of the homeland" or "land of the artists", due to the fact that many famous people have been born in this city, such as the famous pianist Claudio Arrau.

In this group: Esteban, Mariano, Georgina, Carmen, Tomasa, Fabiana, Luz, Marcia, Karen, Karen, Joseline, Irma, Gladys, Lizette, Nadia, Guisselle, Ana, Dorka, Alis
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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