A loan of $4,925 helped a member machines and merchandise for their businesses.


Los Esforzados De Nueva Imperial Group's story

This village bank is called “Los Esforzados de Nueva Imperial” (The Hard-workers of Nueva Imperial). The members are from the city of Nueva Imperial in the Temuco region of Chile. This city is approximately 415 miles south of Chile’s capital, Santiago. The region of Temuco is known for its natural springs and its native and eye-catching flora and fauna.

“Los Esforzados de Nueva Imperial” is comprised of 22 persevering members. The main activities of its members are the manufacturing and sale of various products, such as fabric, clothing, earrings, necklaces, wooden utensils, cooked food such as empanadas (folded and stuffed pastries), ice, and ice cream. There are also members who sell medicinal herbs and a member who runs a service center of telephone booths.

This village bank’s president is Pedro, who is pictured above in the center of the photo wearing a white shirt. He is an artisan who works with wood, making a range of items including kitchen utensils, earrings, brooches, yokes, and wagons. He sells these items in a shopping mall and various local markets with permission from the municipal government, similar to the other members of the village bank. With the loan, Pedro would like to purchase an electric saw to help him grow his production. His hope is to remodel his 59-year-old home where he lives with his mother, and his dream is to one day export his products to grow his sales.

For Pedro, Fondo Esperanza has meant great economic help for his business, because thanks to prior loans, he was able to purchase a copy machine and a key copier, which allowed him to offer more services and secure more economic stability. The rest of the members of “Los Esforzados de Nueva Imperial” also plan to invest their loans in machines and merchandise so that they can continue growing and reaching their personal goals.

In this group: Pedro , Laura , Alicia, Nélida , Mirta , Ana , Jaime , Isabel , María Soledad , Lilian , Claudia , Berta, Jeannette , María Carolina , Rose Marie , Alfonso , Amanda , María Magdalena , Liduvina , Magaly , Dominga , Ana
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