A loan of $1,025 helped to buy new styles of clothing for children and adults.

Cecilia Andrea's story

Cecilia Orellana sells clothing for children and adults. She works from her home in the La Pintana community, where she lives. She has worked in this business for two years, working an average of eight hours a day Monday to Sunday. She has a very dynamic way of selling. She offers her products door to door, improvises a kiosk in her own yard (yard sale), and she visits other places where family members live so that she can make herself known, and that way she expands her clientele. She buys her merchandise in the Patronato neighborhood, which is well-known for selling low-priced clothing wholesale and retail. She is using her loan to stock up on merchandise. Her dream is to see her business expand and have her own store.

Having an extra income for her household is what motivates Cecilia to continue her business. She lives with her husband and two children. They study in primary and secondary school. With Cecilia supporting the family economically, they will achieve their dreams. What she likes most about working with Fondo Esperanza is that she has received good training that has allowed her to understand the management of her business.

La Pintana is a community located to the south of Santiago (the capital of Chile), in the Metropolitan region. It is characterized by its high levels of poverty, where more than 10% of the inhabitants live in extreme poverty. Consequently, the local authorities (municipality) have concerned themselves with developing several social programs focused on improving the lives of its inhabitants.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caitlin Jones

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