A loan of $875 helped alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.


María's story

Maria is a member of the “Pueblo de Indios Emprende” communal bank in the community of San Vicente de Tagua Tagua. She has a small liquor store that she has run from her home for the last 20 years, where she and her daughter both work. Her husband also helps out when he is not working at the vegetable stand he has at a local fair. Maria, her daughter and her husband all work with Fondo Esperanza [the Kiva field partner]. Her daughter, who has a 5-year-old son, also makes fresh bread on the weekends to sell from their home.

With this loan, Maria plans to buy both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Her dream is to have a well-built house, made of good solid materials, because she lost both her house and all of her merchandise in the earthquake that hit Chile this past February. After the earthquake, Maria, her husband, her daughter and her grandson lived in a tent for one month. Through Fondo Esperanza they were able to get a small temporary dwelling made from wood panels.

Maria is very thankful for the support that Fondo Esperanza has given to her and her family, not only for the loans but also for the concern that they have shown them, particularly after the earthquake.

San Vicente de Tagua Tagua is a community in Chile's central zone, in the region of Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins, located on the banks of the Estero Zamorano river. The main economic activity in the area is the cultivation of lemons, oranges and avocados.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catherine Fountain



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