A loan of $4,950 helped a member ingredients to make cream puffs.

Isla Grande Group's story

The “Isla Grande” (Large Island) communal bank has 18 members from Castro commune in south Chile. Its main businesses are: furniture making, milcao (potato and fried pork skin torte) making, minimarkets, wood handicrafts, used clothing sales and fast-food preparation.

Marcia is group treasurer. In the photo, she’s the first person in the second row, wearing a red sweater and black, sleeveless jacket.

She makes cream puffs that she learned how to make following recipes. She sells them on Sundays during her commune’s football games. She will use the funds to buy ingredients to make the cream puffs: flour, sugar, pastry cream, cream and cooking oil.

Her dream is to have a store, ideally in her home, to sell various kinds of sweets and pastries. She is motivated by her four children who are 18, 15, 12 and 6 years of age. She wants to save up in order to afford their higher education.

Fondo Esperanza’s courses have been very helpful to Marcia with respect to social and commercial relations. Through them, she has managed to increase her contacts which have been very useful for the business.

Castro is the capital of Chiloé Island (South America’s largest island). It’s in the Los L. region in the south of Chile. Its natural habitat is almost untouched by man. In addition it is rich in culture and traditions. One of its main attractions is the Palafitos (homes, constructed on wooden stilts along the shore over the water; they are world famous.)

In this group: Silvia, María Inés , Paola, María , Ana , Luisa , Mirna, Rosa, Claudio, Marcia, Cecilia, Luisa, Pamela, Victor, Alicia, Miriam, Erica, Cristian
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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