A loan of $3,375 helped a member merchandise, including gifts such as stuffed animals.

Cuento Contigo Group's story

This village bank is called “Cuento Contigo” (Count on Me) and is composed of 16 members. The primary activities of the businesses in this group are making artisan crafts from plaster, selling various articles of clothing, and selling quick and small meals such as empanadas (folded, stuffed pastries), sopaipillas (fried bread), and mote con huesillo (cooked wheat in a sweet peach syrup-based drink). These meals are all very typical and traditional meals in Chile.

Francisca is a member of “Cuento Contigo,” and in the photo above, she is on the right-hand side dressed in a sleeveless blue shirt. She runs a paqueteria (a place to rent luggage storage lockers) near the bus terminal in Talca, which she runs on her own. Francisca also makes paper bags, paintings on glass, and ornaments using seeds, products that she also sells from her paquetería. Her plan is to have a greater variety of novelty goods, so she can expand her client base. Francisca plans to invest this loan in merchandise related to Valentine’s Day coming up on February 14. Her dream is to own her own home and a permanent location for her business.

Village bank “Cuento Contigo” is located in Talca. Talca is a city in the region of Maule in central Chile. The residents of this area typically work in the rural sector and on farms. Maule is known for its artisan goods and colonial architecture. It has beautiful flora and fauna, as well as wineries. Despite the hardworking nature of its residents, Maule continues to be one of the poorest regions of Chile.

In this group: María, Sonia, Francisca, Elizabeth, Juan, Guillermo, Bernarda, Juanita, Irma, María Antonia, José, Leslie, Luz, Mary, Ingrid, Marilen

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