A loan of $8,000 helped a member to buy wool and a loom.

Navegantes De Dalcas Group's story

Marlene, who in the picture appears in the front, in green pants, animal print shirt and a green dress with pink top, belongs to the communal bank Navegantes de Dalcas [Navigators of Dalcas], located in Dalcahue, Castro. In this communal bank, the partners are mostly craftsmen; there are some that sell jewelry, some are electricians and some sell clothing catalogs.

Marlene is an artisan of chilota wool, and also teaches loom classes. She began working in this business three years ago. Before that, she was employed at a supermarket and worked Monday through Sunday, which was very distressing because she could not share time with her family. That is why she decided to leave her job and enter in the business of woolen crafts, which she learned to make when she was very young. This way she is able to be closer to her family. One of her biggest goals is to bring loom classes to all of Chile.

The loan that she requests will help her to buy a more modern loom than the one she has, and also to buy more wool since she has many orders for wool garments. She is very happy and excited because she knows that she will do very well.

She enjoys working together with Fondo Esperanza [Hope Fund], because it gives the opportunity to receive money and to be able to share with different people. One of the things that she likes the most is that they always make time to share with the other partners of the bank.

In this group: Elisabeth De Lourdes, Carlos Rene, Orfelina Andrea, Betty Del Carmen, Marlene Del Carmen, Maryorie Nazaret, Ekaterina Anais, Angelica Audolina, Liliana Paulina, Eudalia Marina, Lidia Lucy, Saira Eufemia, Maria Rebeca, Doris Pamela, Eralia Patricia, Carla Johana, Margarita Alejandra, Yudyt Mariana, Gladys Del Carmen, Rosanna Del Carmen, Mirella De Lourdes

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jenny Boyd

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