A loan of $1,525 helped to buy an awning, clothes hangers, and bundles of used clothing.

Maria Soledad's story

María Soledad Gacitúa has sold used clothing for more than 20 years. She sells at a market in her neighborhood, in the La Pintana community. She works here from Tuesday to Friday. She buys her merchandise from wholesalers, who sell by the bundle, which is good for her because of the low cost and the wide selection. She tells us that she used her loan to purchase an awning, clothes hangers, and bundles of clothing. Her goal for the future is to show her merchandise in bigger markets and Christmas fairs. What motivates María Soledad the most to continue with her business is the fact that she is economically independent. Personally, following the advice of her doctor, it gives her something to do and she feels useful. She tells us that she only lives with her spouse, since her children moved into their own homes. She has a large family - 13 grandchildren and one on the way. She enthusiastically tells us that she likes to go to the chats and meetings that Fondo Esperanza puts together. She has learned to manage her business, and she has also made friends and she enjoys it.

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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