A loan of $1,150 helped to buy vegetables.


Pedro's story

Pedro is a member of the “Pueblo de Indios Emprende” community bank which is located in the district of San Vicente de Tagua Tagua. He has had a vegetable stall in the same market near his home for 30 years. He suffers from deafness because he was assaulted several years ago and suffered blows to the head. He works 2 days a week and sometimes his wife or one of his daughters will accompany him and help him with his sales. He will use this loan to buy vegetables. Pedro's dream is to have his own home since the one which he was renting completely collapsed as a result of the earthquake which occurred on the 27th of February this year. Following the earthquake, he lived for two months in the open air together with his family, that is to say his wife, his daughter, his son-in-law and his 2 granddaughters aged 15 and 5, until he obtained a 'mediagua' (a temporary dwelling made from wood boards) through Fondo Esperanza. Pedro is very grateful to Fondo Esperanza not only for the great help which they have been to him with their loans and their low interest rates but also for the support they gave him after the earthquake. San Vicente de Tagua Tagua is a district in the central area of Chile in the Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins region on the banks of the river Estero Zamorano. The area's main source of income is the production of lemons, oranges and avocados.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard



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