A loan of $1,050 helped a member to purchase materials for food and shoe sales.


Mujeres Que Luchan Por El Progreso Group's story

“Mujeres que Luchan por el Progreso”, or Women Fighting for Progress, is a group of five women entrepreneurs seeking their first loan from Esperanza International. This group hopes to use their first microfinance loan to finance current businesses, or in the case of the group’s coordinator, Leoncia, finance two new entrepreneurial activities.

Leoncia, mother of 5 (ages: youngest 16, oldest 30) resides in Santiago and plans to split her loan funds amongst three different entrepreneurial activities. For as long as she can remember, Leoncia has been selling corn and ice-cream from her house and to local “colmados”, or small grocery stores. In addition to this business, Leoncia plans to finalize the start of two new product sales: candy and shoes. Leoncia will make her own candy from her house and similarly to her corn and ice-cream sales, will sell the candy in two different-sized packages from her home and at local colmados. Leoncia will also sell shoes for men, women and children through catalog sales. Leoncia is dedicated to the repayment of her loan since she wants to own her own home.

Other members of Leoncia’s microfinance bank run similar entrepreneurial activities including undergarment, fried food, accessory, and cloth sales.

On behalf of Esperanza and this group of business entrepreneurs, we would like to thank you for your support!

In this group: Leoncia, Maria, Mercedes, Ana, Leona
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