A loan of $3,950 helped a member construction materials needed to build a room.

Somos Un Complemento Group's story

The communal bank “Somos un complemento” (We Are the Complement) is made up of 22 members from the city of Puerto Varas. Their main businesses are the sale of clothing, fruit, and vegetables; production of jams and fruit preserves; weavings, services like hair-dressing, massage, and beauty therapies. Verónica, who is in the last row, first on the left, with short hair in the photo, has worked giving manicure and pedicure services for the last four years. She learned this skill by herself and obtained a certificate through a course she took on-line. With this loan she will buy the materials that she is lacking to continue with the construction of a room to attend to her customers in her house which will be located in the back patio. She also does house calls. Verónica estimates that she will finish her room in the next year.
Her dream is to grow her business and keep it in her house so that she can be closer to her two daughters who are 11 and four-years-old so that she can take care of them, as her business is the main source of income for the family. The economic support from “Fondo Esperanza” (Hope Fund) has helped Verónica greatly and she also enjoys sharing with her fellow members as all share the same dream to grow.
Puerto Varas is a community located in the south of Chile, in the Los Lagos region on the banks of the Llanquihue Lake. The city has always been known for its tourism, offering beautiful natural landscapes, good food, beaches, and nature parks. Also, it is known as the city of the roses because of the many rose plants in the streets.

In this group: Verónica, Mariela , Katherine, Carolina, Salome, Nora, Alicia, Sandra, Susana, Berta , María , Sonia, Ximena, Loreto, Rosa, Sofía, Ingrid, Sandra, Lidia, Pamela, Claudia, Elena

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Anna Ruby Waxham Blackwell

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