A loan of $3,950 helped a member to buy used clothing.

Querer Es Poder Group's story

This communal bank is called “Querer es Poder” (To Care is To Be Able) and is made up of 16 members, all belonging to the Lautaro community, 30km north of the city of Temuco.

The members have a variety of occupations such as hairdressing, working in a telephone call center, selling used clothing and plastic items and the production and sales of jams and desserts.

The member that was interviewed was Erika, the treasurer of the group. In the photo, she is in the back row, in the center and she has her arm raised. She sells used clothing in the market and out of her home.

Her dream is to own an established business in her own home. She has two small children, ages 11 and 7, and by working from home she would have more time to raise them. Erika will use this loan to buy more used clothing in order to continue her business.

Erika really enjoys the selling strategies workshops put on by Fondo Esperanza.

Temuco is the capital of the Araucanía region and is located 670 kilometers south of Santiago (the capital of Chile). The area has several lake-side spa resorts and striking native flora and fauna. The region is also noteworthy for being home to 50% of the existing indigenous Mapuche community.

In this group: Ruth , Magnolia, Jeannett, Erika, Magdalena, Alicia, José, Carmen, Ana, Juana, Ana, Ana, Patricia , María Regina, Claudia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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