A loan of $2,150 helped a member to buy red and blue roses, cellophane and rice paper, ribbon and self-sticking adhesives.

Blanca Estrella Group's story

This communal bank is called “Blanca Estrella” (White Star) and is composed of 15 members, who reside in Talca. They are primarily engaged in the sale of lingerie, fruits, vegetables, hotdogs, floral arrangements, wood picture frames and clothing sales.

Paola is a delegate of this communal bank. In the photo, she is in the front row, bent over with a bouquet of maravillas (flowers) in her hand; she is wearing a black shirt. She has been a florist for 17 years. She buys flowers in Talca and Santiago and makes floral arrangements to sell in a downtown street because she doesn’t have a fixed locale; she is negotiating permits. She will use the funds to buy red and blue roses, cellophane and rice paper, ribbon and self-adhesives.

Her dream is to have a flower stand on a Talca corner. She is motivated by her two children, 13 and 8 years of age, who depend solely on her.

For Paola, Fondo Esperanza has meant a great opportunity to continue with her work and support her family.

Talca is in the Maule region located in the central part of the country. Most of the area’s population lives in rural surroundings and are engaged in commercial activities related to farming.

It is characterized by its beautiful crafts and colonial architecture. Its main attractions are its flora, its fauna and its vineyards. Although employment has increased, this region continues to be, according to the latest census, one of the country’s poorest.

In this group: María, Paola, Mabel, Margarita, Andrea, María Angélica, Miguel, Claudia, Patricia, Denis, Luis, Estrella, María Elena, Elizabeth, María Eugenia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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