A loan of $4,675 helped a member to buy supplies.

Los Perseverantes Vip Group's story

This group is called “Los Perseverantes VIP” and is made up of 15 entrepreneurs who have businesses including clothing, cosmetics, and food sales. They all live in the Quilicura community of Santiago. Daniel Sotelo, who is shown standing and is the fourth from left to right in the photo sells fast food, sandwiches and lunches. He says that he has a cart in the commercial sector (Industrial park) and all of his customers are those workers from these companies.

Daniel works from Monday through Friday. He is already at his place of work when the sun comes up and is preparing all sorts of food for his customers.

He buys all of his supplies in the central market in La Vega, known for selling at very good prices.

He will use the money from this loan to buy a churrasquera (to make churrascos). This will allow him to prepare orders quickly.

His dream is to have a restaurant and personally provide financially for his family. What motivates him the most to keep this business is to buy a home of his own because they live at his in-laws’ house. He is proud to say that his oldest son has a scholarship.

Daniel is very grateful to the assistance from Fondo Esperanza. He tells us that they have made it easy for him to grow his small business and grow as a small businessman. He receives support and has learned important values, and has matured as a person.

Quilicura is a community that is part of Santiago, the capital of Chile, located in the extreme northeast of the metropolitan region. The origin of the name comes from Mapudungun (Mapuche language): “kila” means “three” and “kura” means “rock,” from where the name Quilicura is derived. It means “three rocks,” a name given by the first inhabitants of this valley, referring to the three mountains that are perfectly visible and delineate the community.

In this group: Daniel Alberto, Luis Alfredo, Mabel Angelica, Constanza Del Carmen, Cecilia Valesca, Maria Isabel, Ingrid Vanessa, Paula Ines, Carmen Rosa, Lorena Ines, Pamela Andrea, Karen Lizbeth, Claudia Andrea, Maria Jose, Marlene Carolina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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