A loan of $1,975 helped a member fabric, needles, thread, sewing-machine oil.

Jazmines De Los Lagos Group's story

The “Jazmines de los lagos” (Lake Jasmines) Communal Bank consists of 15 members from the community of Los Lagos, located in the city of Angol, an hour and a half from Temuco. For the most part, the members sell fruit, humita (a type of corn cake), French fries, clothing, linens, but some of them paint (houses, rooms, etc.), make clothes, and repair bicycles.

Viviana is president of this communal bank, and in the photo is in the last row to the left, wearing a brown t-shirt. She makes and alters garments and household furnishings. She will use this loan for fabric, thread, needles, and sewing-machine oil, to make furnishings, for example, bathroom sets and curtains. Her dream is to have a business in the center of town, motivated by the wish to cover the cost of studies in social work, which she will begin this year. Viviana has found her work with Fondo Esperanza to be significant, for its business education and team work have benefited her in her personal development.

Temuco is the capital of the Araucania region. The city is located 670 km. south of Santiago (Chile’s capital), and offers lake resorts as well as interesting native flora and fauna. It should be mentioned that 50% of the country’s Mapuches (indigenous people) live in this region.

In this group: Viviana , Lilian , Francisco Inostroza, Julia , Nelly , Rosa , Marcela , María Angélica , Sergio , América , Rosa , Olga , Sandra , Margarita , Marta
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Jane Wilkie

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