A loan of $3,550 helped a member merchandise for a beauty salon: hair dye, creams, etc.

Las Pioneras De Pitrufquen Group's story

This communal bank is called “Las Pioneras de Pitrufquén” and is made up of 20 members, all of whom are residents of the Pitrufquén community, which is a 30 km from the city of Temuco.

Their businesses include the sale of handicrafts like ceramics and weaving, watch repair, clothing, hair salons, pastry making, and wallet sales.
Luisa is the president of this bank. In the picture, she is to the right, behind the child and with a folder in her hands. She owns a beauty salon in the center of the city and is both the manager and a hair dresser. She has had this business for 16 years. She will use her loan to buy hair dye, creams, solutions that remove color, etc. Her dream is to have a hair salon in her home, in order to be more comfortable. Her motivation comes from the desire to provide higher education to her 14-year-old son. For her, Fondo Esperanza has been an important source of economic and educational support. She also says working in a group has been good for her because she has been able to share experiences and ideas with others.

Temuco is the capital of the Araucanía region. The city is located 670 kilometers to the south of Santiago, the capital of Chile, and it has a series of natural spas as well as beautiful and diverse native flora and fauna. It is also work mentioning that 50% of the country's Mapuche people, a native culture, live in this region.

In this group: Luisa , Ema , Gloria , Margarita , Rosa, Elizabeth , Marta , Lidia , Clara , Danixa , Cecilia , Maritza , Eugenia , Jorge , Yenny , Leonor , Blanca , Tamara , Lisbeth , Ruth

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Julia Kastner

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