A loan of $3,500 helped a member to purchase yarn.


Las Islas Group's story

Marina, who appears in the left side of the photograph in a red sweater and green scarf, belongs to the community bank group Las Islas de Castro. In this community bank, members have different businesses such as the sale of new and used clothing, the sale of vegetables, a handicraft collective, gardening, and the sale of perfumes. Marina is an artisan who knits with thin needles and crochets in addition to making wooden sculptures. She began this work 18 years ago as she grew up in the countryside and was always was wanting to learn this craft. She has not had problems but different challenges due to her work preparing the sweaters, vests, and skirts for a fashion show that she took great effort to organize with other craftsman for performing on a Chilean national holiday (September 18th) and in early January. She hopes to buy yarn and processed wool that comes from sheep's fleece with the loan money she receives. She is very happy and excited to begin to make her summer knits and she knows she will do very well by selling these. She enjoys being able to share with the other community bank members which is what she likes most about working together with Fondo Esperanza.

In this group: Maria Virginia, Jose Evaristo, Maria Heriberta, Carolina Soledad, Yasna Ines, Delicia, Jose Teofilo, Yessica Alejandra, Luis Armando, Claudia Alejandra, Marina Del Carmen, Ingrid Fabiola, Alvara Idalba, Patricia Del Carmen, Leticia De Lourdes
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Megan Hinrichsen



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