A loan of $3,900 helped a member to buy ingredients and molds.

Manos Al Fuego Group's story

Sara, who appears as the fifth person from the right and left, dressed in pink, is a member of the Manos al Fuego communal bank. The members have businesses such as selling new and used clothing, renting tableware for events, and selling perfumes.

Sara’s business is a bakery and pastry shop. She began it some ten years ago. It was only due to wanting to help in her church that she began to sell cakes and completos (Chilean hot dogs with lots of toppings). When she realized that it was going really well for her, she started to make sales to earn more money. She started to set herself goals, such as getting a bigger oven and a pastry rolling machine, which are her new projects.

With the money that she is asking for, she will be able to buy molds that she needs and supplies such as sugar, flour, chocolate and jellies. What she has liked most about working with Fondo Esperanza is getting to know more people with the same desire to get ahead that she has shown and forming networks with them to help reach her goals.

In this group: Marisol Alejandra, Paz Lucia Del Pilar, Ester Del Carmen, Veronica Hortencia, Sara Elizabeth, Lorena Del Carmen, Fabian Danilo, Juan Bautista, Hada, Nadia Soledad, Silvana Gioconda, Gladys Elizabeth, Patricia Janette, Judit Emelina, Elsa Emilia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Patton

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