Maria Molina, Chile
Maria Molina is a 60-year-old mother of two and grandmother of five. Years ago she found herself without a job and decided to start working independently in her specialty, sewing. Fundacion Contigo came to Maria's village and allowed her to expand her sewing business. She received three loans of US$350, US$930 and US$1,160 that enabled her to buy fabrics and sewing machines and improve the quality and quantity of her output. Maria now employs three people and has increased the equity of her business from US$880 to US$7,000.

Maria says that she felt very welcome in Contigo. "In Contigo, they taught me how to organize myself, to figure out my expenses, to manage my business better, and more importantly, how to offer my products without being afraid."

Name of microfinance programme: Fundación Contigo
Source: Microcredit Summit 1997 - Institutional Profiles.

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