A loan of $2,375 helped a member material, ribbon, lace and thread.

Las Picaflores Group's story

This village bank is called “Las Picaflores”. It is made up of 15 members from the Padre las Casas county in the city of Temuco. They mainly work making clothes and accessories for the home, baked goods, small business; selling firewood, small pies and fried dough.
Débora was the member interviewed. She is the president of this village bank. In the picture she is in the second row to the right and she is wearing a gray jacket and a coffee colored shirt. Her business consists of making sweat suits, some of which she sells to schools. She also makes costumes, dresses and clothes to order in general and home accessories among other things. She wants to invest this loan in purchasing material, ribbon, lace and thread.
Débora’s big motivation was to economically help her mother who was very sick. Débora continued with her business when she passed away. This helped her a lot in her personal development, together with the workshops and weekly meetings she has with her group at Fondo Esperanza. She was able to overcome this important loss this way.
One of her more immediate goals is to purchase an embroidery machine and her dream is to have an established sewing shop in a central part of the city.
Temuco is the capital of the Araucanía region. The city is located 670 kilometers south of Santiago (capital of Chile). It has a series of marshy spas and very colorful vegetation and wildlife.
It is worth stating that 50% of the mapuches, indigenous people, that exist in our country are living in this region.

In this group: Débora, Inés , Marcela , Gladys , Eliana , Olga , Ingrid , Nicolle , Inés , Gladys , Claudia , María Inés , Mirta , Ruth , Marcela

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sue Haynes

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