10,000 balloons soared into the sky

11 August 2010 at 07:30 4 comments

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By Lorena Gil, KF12, Fondo Esperanza – Chile

On August 6th, over 10,000 balloons soared into the sky with the dreams of Fondo Esperanza’s entrepreneurs. Fondo Esperanza is a non-profit foundation that supports entrepreneurship through the provision of credit and training to people living in vulnerable situations to improve their lives and their families. More than 12,000 entrepreneurs and staff from Fondo Esperanza from Iquique to Puerto Montt united in the main plazas of each city at noon, and in a simultaneous effort, these entrepreneurs of the foundation let their dreams fly into the sky, as a special gesture for the month of solidarity, and in this special year – Chile’s upcoming bicentennial. The activity “Sueños de Emprendimiento” (Dreams of Entrepreneurs) consisted of entrepreneurs writing down a dream and tying it down to a balloon and let it fly it among the other thousand of balloons to the sky.

This event is also a component of a month long campaign Fondo Esperanza has been working on to inform funders and the community at large of their presence and more importantly, acknowledging the accomplishments of the entrepreneurs.  Some of the dreams that entrepreneurs wrote were: “I want to provide my children with a better education”, “I dream and work everyday for my business to grow”, “I would like to buy a car to be able to sell my products to more people”, “I dream for my kids to be proud of their mother”…

Fondo Esperanza today supports 35,000 microentrepeneurs across the country, reaching 87% women from Iquique to Chiloé with a total of 31 offices, serving more than 116 communes throughout the country.

Fondo Esperanza (FE) is currently the largest Chilean microfinance organization and is proudly Kiva’s first microfinance partner in Chile!  To view & read the bios of all the loans Fondo Esperanza has uploaded to Kiva to date, click here!

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  • 1. Esperanza  |  24 August 2010 at 13:53

    Gracias por informarnos sobre actividades inspiradoras como esta sobre la cual Kiva, una organizacion compuesta de personas comprometidas como tu, aporta a tantas personas que poseen no solo suenos, pero mucha capacidad!

  • 2. Nelson Galeano  |  17 August 2010 at 15:27

    I always knew that you had it in you. You and your brothers truly never gave up the dream. I’m proud to read this. And the cause itself is symbolic of the journy you took Lorena. If you talk to your brother.. Tell him I send my warmest regards.

    Nelson G.

  • 3. Escobar_Caesar  |  14 August 2010 at 06:12

    That’s such a wonderful thing to do! Great pictures. It makes such a great image.

  • 4. Sam  |  12 August 2010 at 00:20

    I love this idea of so many dreams rising. Very moving to watch I am sure.

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