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Leticia
Leticia is part of the “Los Bendecidos” (The Blessed) Communal Bank in the town Puente Alto . She has been selling “mote con huesillo” (a sweet drink / dessert made with peaches) for seven years at a traveling fair that is close to her house.

She works there five days a week. One of her sisters goes with her and helps her with sales twice a week. She does this without financial gain.

Leticia will buy “huesillos” (sun-dried peaches) with this loan.

Leticia’s dream is to buy a vehicle to pull her cart. She is very exhausted when she moves from one place to another.

Her business is her only financial support because she lives alone in her house.

The loans from Fondo Esperanza have helped her a lot. She had gotten the things she needs for her business. For example, she got a cooler, which she uses to keep the mote con huesillos juice fresh and cold. They have also helped her with the education about business administration that she gets during the meetings with her colleagues from Fondo Esperanza.

Puente Alto is a town north of Santiago, the capital of Chile. It was founded as a rural town at the end of the 19th century. Given its growth, it is currently one of the most populous towns in Chile with over 600,000 inhabitants. It is the gateway to one of the foothill areas of the Metropolitan region, which is known as 'Cajón del Maipo' (Maipo Canyon). This area has spaces where people can hike, ride horses, raft and take part in other activities. It also offers lodging and food services.
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Leticia forma parte del banco comunal “Los Bendecidos” perteneciente a la comuna de Puente Alto. Ella vende mote con huesillo en una feria rotatoria cercana a su casa, desde hace 7 años. Trabaja allí 5 días a la semana y le ayuda una hermana que la acompaña 2 veces a la semana en la venta, pero sin ninguna ganancia económica.
Con este préstamo Leticia comprará huesillos.
El sueño de Leticia es comprar un vehículo para tirar su carro, ya que queda muy agotada cuando lo traslada de lugar.
Su negocio es su único sustento económico, ya que vive sola en su hogar.
A Leticia le han servido mucho los préstamos de Fondo Esperanza, ya que ha adquirido cosas necesarias para su negocio como por ejemplo una máquina conservadora, la cual utiliza para mantener el jugo del mote con huesillos fresco y helado. Además también le han servido las enseñanzas sobre administración de su negocio que recibe durante las reuniones junto a sus compañeros de Fondo Esperanza.
Puente Alto es una comuna ubicada al norte de Santiago, capital de Chile. Fue fundada como un pequeño pueblo rural a fines del siglo XIX, pero dado su crecimiento demográfico es actualmente una de las comunas con mayor población de Chile, superando los 600 mil habitantes. Es la puerta de entrada a uno de los sectores precordilleranos de la región Metropolitana, conocido como el Cajón del Maipo, sector con espacios de caminatas, cabalgatas, rafting, entre otras actividades y servicios de alojamiento y alimentación.

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About Fondo Esperanza

Fondo Esperanza (FE) is a private non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurship by providing micro-credit and training to people living in poverty in well over 100 cities throughout Chile. By providing these services, FE aims to improve the living conditions of the entrepreneurs and their families. In 2010, FE provided loans to more than 41,000 entrepreneurs. It utilizes a communal banking model in which groups of 18 to 25 clients meet on regularly and guarantee each other’s loans. The members use their portion of the loan to create or expand their own businesses. In the group meetings, clients receive training though the FE Entrepreneurship School, which enhances clients’ personal and business skills and ability to work in groups.

About Chile

  • $14,900
    Average annual income
  • 0
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  • $2,587,775
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 481.8
    Chile Pesos (CLP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $975 helped Leticia food: Sun-dried peaches.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Feb 3, 2011
Listed
Mar 11, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Jul 15, 2011