A loan of $5,175 helped a member to set up a production area.

La Minga De Chiloé Group's story

Alba, third from the left wearing a black and white blouse, is a member of the “La Minga de Chiloé” communal bank, where most of its members are artists and sell new and used clothing. Alba has a business where she makes and sells liquor, jams, and jellies. She learned to make these things from her mother a long time ago. Her life was not easy since she had to face many problems with her husband who didn’t treat her well when they were together. It’s for this reason that she stayed with her children, which was difficult for her because she had to take care of the children herself. She had to get them ahead herself, knocking on doors and looking for different ways to earn money. Nobody wanted to help her; nobody trusted in her perseverance and responsibility, but life gave her a small opportunity and she began by selling 10 bottles of liquor. Now she has a small family business and the challenge of setting up an area for producing her delicacies. She will use the money to buy supplies such as bottles, fruit, sugar, labels, and alcohol. She knows that things will go well for her because this is a touristy area and they are fascinated with her liquors, jams, and jellies. Her small business and being part of Fondo Esperanza have helped her be responsible and perseverant and she feels completely grateful for the opportunity and help from Fondo Esperanza. She also likes being a part of the community where she can help the other members get ahead and feel respected and more intelligent.

In this group: Alba Del Carmen, Begonia Del Carmen, Sergio Andres, Joselin Andrea, Katia Paola, Andrea Alejandra, Ricardo Guillermo, Daniela Estefania, Nestor Hugo, Yasna Carola, Claudia Jeannette, Yoisis Vanessa, Elizabeth Camila, Yessenia Del Carmen, Jocelyn Carol, Amical Daiana, Belfor Rodrigo, Mariana Soledad

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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