A loan of $725 helped freezer.

Judith's story

Judith is part of the “Prieto Cruz” communal bank, in the city of Concepción. She sells flowers and fast food such as sopaipillas (deepfried pumpkin pastries), hot dogs, sandwiches and empanadas, from a stall in front of the cemetery. She has developed these activities over 23 years, although she has been in this location for 10 years.

Her family - which is to say her three daughters and their children, also sell products in the same sector. Her daughters also work with [the field partner] Fondo Esperanza, and their businesses consist of selling sweets, icecreams, and mote con huesillo (a sweet drink / dessert made with peaches). With this loan, Judith wants to buy a freezer, to store her perishable foods. Her goal is to support and motivate her daughters in their businesses, so that they can grow and improve their quality of life.

In the terrible earthquake that happened on 27th February, Judith lost all her stock, though fortunately her house was not damaged. She is very grateful for the support Fondo Esperanza has given them, being there with communal cooking pots (sharing food among businesspeople affected), and putting in place emergency measures in respect of loan repayments. Judith has also had great support from Fondo Esperanza in relation to her business and those of her daughters, as it is thanks to their loans and training that their businesses have been able to grow.

Concepción sits at the mouth of the Río Biobío, one of the largest rivers in the country, in the south of Chile. It has played an important part in our history, being the site of important battles and settlements, especially duiring the Arauco War, thanks to its location on the edge of mapuche territory. Today the city is economically and demographically important. It is starting to be considered as one of the most important urban centres in Chile - in administrative, financial, and comercial terms - after Santiago and Valparaíso.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rosa Oswald

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