A loan of $3,150 helped a member to buy merchandise (fall clothing).

Estrellita Group's story

This communal bank is called "Estrellita" and is maD. up of 17 members. They are from the city of Talca and they have businesses selling new and used clothing, making uniforms and bathing suits, making handcrafted earrings and accessories, selling food according to the season of the year, and selling hot dogs and pastries.

Claudia is the secretary of the communal bank, in the photograph she is found in the center of the last row, on the left siD. of the man who is seen in the blue shirt. She sells underwear for men, women and children. In addition, she works in food handling for an institution. Claudia joined the Fondo Esperanza after separating from her husband, and she tells us that for her this meant new hope for a better quality of life. She has 2 children, who are 17 and 15 years old. She is motivated to work hard for her children, as well as her own personal development, since this year she is beginning to study social work at a local college. Her dreams are to have her own house, since she now lives with a relative, and to have a business in her home. Claudia will use this loan to buy clothing for the coming fall season, such as, for example, vests and long sleeved shirts.

Talca is in the Maule region, located in the central area of the country. The majority of the population lives in the rural areas, and they work principally in economic activities found in the countrysiD.. This area is known for its beautiful handicrafts and colonial architecture. The main attractions are the flora, fauna and vineyards. In spite of the fact that the workforce has increased, this region continues to be, according to the last census, one of the poorest in the country.

In this group: Manuel , Albina, Elsa , Patricio , María Flor , Carolina , María Alicia , Héctor , María Raquel , Claudia , Magali , Carmen , Jacqueline , Anita , Mónica , Cecilia , Paulina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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