A loan of $550 helped to buy five doors and pay for repairs.


Sonia's story

Sonia is a member of the "Millaray" community bank which is located in the city of Temuco. She has been running a guest house for students for 20 years. She works there from March to December. Sonia is a widow. Her partner helps her to maintain and run the guest house. Sonia's services include cleaning and providing food.

During the months of January and February, Sonia doesn't rent out her guest house because she prefers to rest and make any necessary repairs. She is supported financially by a small sum of money that she receives as her widow's pension and also from cooking and selling 'humitas' and 'pastel de choclo' (traditional dishes).

Sonia will use this loan to buy five doors to replace existing doors on the rooms in her guest house. She will also hire a master builder to repair a leak in the roof and paint part of her outdoor area. Sonia's dream is to build a second floor with more rooms to rent out. Her motivation is to financially help her three daughters and grandchildren to whom she feels very committed, even though they no longer live with her.

Sonia's previous loans from Fondo Esperanza have been very useful. It has been useful for her to be able to rely on this capital. The training sessions have also helped her to organize her expenses. She feels very good about the fact that Fondo Esperanza have placed their trust in her by giving her the loans. She also has a very good relationship with her fellow group members.

Temuco is the capital of Araucanía region. The city is located 670 kilometers to the south of Santiago (the capital of Chile). On the outskirts of the city, there are a series of lakeside resorts (Pucón, Villarrica) and very colorful native flora and fauna can be found in nearby nature reserves. We feel it is worth pointing out that this region is home to 50% of the Mapuches (indigenous people) in our country.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard



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