A loan of $2,750 helped a member to buy bowls, ceramics, and toys.

Somos 15 Group's story

This communal bank is called "Somos 15", and is formed of fifteen entrepreneurs who make a living in different fields of work, like crafts, bazaars, selling fast food, selling toys, selling perfumes, selling various decorations, and services, among others. All of the members live in the city of San Antonio.

Eileen is a member of the communal bank. She is the one in the back of the photo, in the pink blouse and sunglasses. Her hair is dark brown and she wears it down. Her group members are all pointing to her.

She makes a living in her bazaar. She has been doing this for six months. She says that she has a bazaar near her house and works every day. Her schedule depends on her availability. She offers a variety of items, like toys, things for the house, photo-printed bowls, and photos requested by the customer.

She buys the merchandise and materials that she needs in the city of Santiago in different commercial shops; some specialize in selling photographic items at low costs, which is more economically convenient.

With the loan, she will buy bowls, ceramics, and toys.

One of Eileen's goals is to continue with her business, growing day by day and being able to increase her merchandise in order to satisfy the needs of her customers. In this, she will be able to aim for a better quality of life.

Eileen lives with her parents, sister, and niece. Her personal dream is to grow as a micro-entrepreneur; her family dream is to have a good income in order to give the best to her family.

She is very thankful and happy with this opportunity offered through Fondo Esperanza, which will allow her to invest in her business. She says that the training sessions have been fundamental to her business and also to her personal development. She has already learned to organize and distribute her income and investments in the best way.

San Antonio is a port to the Valparaíso region; this is one of its main characteristics. It is located on the central coast of Chile. It developed through the important fishing trade, through the sale of fish and seafood. Despite the port activity and trade, there is a high rate of unemployment.

In this group: Eileen, Catalina, Carolina, Elizabeth, Rosa, Paulina, Susana, Yaritza, Maritza, Catherine, Nathaly, Giselle, Paulina, Manuel, Miriam

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christina Mellace

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