A loan of $2,750 helped a member to purchase ingredients for tarts.

Las Picaflores Group's story

The communal bank, “Las Picaflores”, consists of 16 entrepreneurs from the Padre Las Casas district. These individuals' livelihoods consist of sales: including pastries, chocolates, jewellery, cosmetics, perfumes, and sales of used and new clothing items.

Marcela is the secretary of this group. Marcela can be found in the photo, seated in the first row and in the first seat from left to right. Marcela makes baked goods from her house based on orders placed. Marcela’s most requested item is her fruit tart with whip cream. With this loan, Marcela plans to purchase flour, sugar, eggs, decorating moulds, along with additional ingredients for tarts. Marcela’s dream is to have a pastry shop with industrial ovens located in the same sector where she lives. Marcela’s motivation stems from her daughter, a nine year old, and to pay for her future studies. Marcela is happy to work with Fondo Esperanza, due to the loans that she has received and the coexistence she shares with her fellow group members, those who share their experiences and crafts.

Padre de Las Casas is a municipality to the south of Santiago (the capital of Chile), in the city of Temuco, Araucanía Region. Padre de Las Casas municipality was named in honour of the Spanish priest Bartolomé de Las Casas, who defended the indigenous during the conquest of the America. There is still a large Mapuche population in this community. Its economy is based in agri-business and commercial services.

In this group: Marcela, Débora, Edith , Inés, Gladys, Eliana, Bryan , Magdalena, Marjorie, Rosa, Gladys, Evelyn , María, Ingrid, Mirta, Ruth
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