A loan of $1,375 helped to buy clothing and perfume.

Ana Del Pilar's story

Ana lives in the La Pintana community in Santiago. She sells athletic clothing and a wide variety of perfume. All her products are international brands. She has been selling her merchandise on order for two years, going to other areas as well as her own community. She works from home from Monday through Sunday and she has her steady customers. She acquires her products in the outlet stores at low cost or wholesale, which allows her to sell them for a good price.

She's using her loan to increase her stock and acquire more variety of clothing and to stock her perfumes.

Her goal is to have a fixed location for selling her products and later she hopes to get her own place.

Ana's principal reason for maintaining her business is her family. She's married and lives with her five children and a grandchild.

She says she likes to work with Fondo Esperanza because she has managed to be independent, she manages her time, and it allows her to have space and dedication for her family.

La Pintana is a community located in the south of Santiago (the capital of Chile), in the Metropolitan Region. It's known for being a community with a high poverty rate, where more than 10 percent of the residents live in poverty. Because of this, the local authority (the town) has taken care to develop various social programs that focus on improving the quality of life of the residents.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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