A loan of $2,150 helped a member beer, drinks, and some of the loan for a shelter from the rains.

Camino Al Triunfo Group's story

This bank is called “Camino al Futuro" (Path to the Future) and is comprised of 13 members from the city of Temuco. They primarily work in making food like “sopaipillas” (a type of fried pastry), “mote con huesillos” (a traditional Chilean summer-time drink), hot dogs, empanadas, barbecued beef, and prepared breakfasts and lunches. Some members have grocery stores, mini-markets, provide photocopies, or sell furniture.

Damaris is the member that was interviewed. She is the secretary of the group. In the photo she is in the fourth seat from left to right in the first row. She has a mini-market, which she inherited from her mother, in her house.

Damaris will use the loan to buy merchandise. She will put aside what she needs to make a shelter for her business. That way she will be prepared for the winter rains.

Her dream is to expand her business to be able to someday give it as an inheritance to her daughters. She has two daughters. One is in her fourth year of high school, and the older one helps with the business.

What Damaris likes the most about working with Fondo Esperanza is meeting more entrepreneurial people who are like her. That way she learns from her colleagues' experiences, and they can give each other advice. She also says that the education about managing money in business has helped her a lot.

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: Jacqueline, Luis Fernando , Luis Ernesto , María Elizabeth , Ana , Ramón , Damaris, Nora , María Isabel , Katherine , Patricia , Constanza, Fermín

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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