A loan of $5,000 helped a member cotton and fabrics.

Mercado Solidario Group's story

The “Solidarity Market” cooperative bank is comprised of 19 members from the city of Talca. Their businesses are primarily knitted and woven articles, decoupage and paintings; making and selling handicrafts and light meals.

Paula, the president of this group, is located in the center of the photograph just behind and to the right of the woman holding the doll with red hair. She has been making cloth dolls, paintings on wood and decoupage for the past 10 years. For the past 2 years she has had a site at the market in Talca, which was unfortunately destroyed in the earthquake that occurred this past February 27th. For this reason, she now only sells her products from her home or door-to-door.

She will use this loan to buy cotton and used fabrics to make her dolls. In November, she will open a locale located in a new gallery, where she will work with her mother’s help as she also participates in Fondo Esperanza and is in the same business as Paula. Her goal is to have her handicrafts recognized for their quality and originality.

She has 2 daughters, ages 18 and 15, who live with her. It has been very pleasant for Paula to participate in Fondo Esperanza and with her associates in the group. Talca belongs to the Maule region, in the central part of the country. The majority of the population is involved in agricultural economic activities. The area is known for its beautiful handicrafts and its colonial architecture. The principal attractions are the flora, fauna, and vineyards. Despite the fact that the workforce has increased, the last census indicates that it continues to be one of the poorest areas in the country.

In this group: Paula, Marcela, Edelmira, Teresa, Marisol, Loretto, Jeannette, Cristina, Eliana, Miriam, Bernardina, Rosa, Blanca, Marina, Ana, Clemira, Ana, María, Rogelio

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