A loan of $975 helped food: Sun-dried peaches.

Leticia's story

Leticia is part of the “Los Bendecidos” (The Blessed) Communal Bank in the town Puente Alto . She has been selling “mote con huesillo” (a sweet drink / dessert made with peaches) for seven years at a traveling fair that is close to her house.

She works there five days a week. One of her sisters goes with her and helps her with sales twice a week. She does this without financial gain.

Leticia will buy “huesillos” (sun-dried peaches) with this loan.

Leticia’s dream is to buy a vehicle to pull her cart. She is very exhausted when she moves from one place to another.

Her business is her only financial support because she lives alone in her house.

The loans from Fondo Esperanza have helped her a lot. She had gotten the things she needs for her business. For example, she got a cooler, which she uses to keep the mote con huesillos juice fresh and cold. They have also helped her with the education about business administration that she gets during the meetings with her colleagues from Fondo Esperanza.

Puente Alto is a town north of Santiago, the capital of Chile. It was founded as a rural town at the end of the 19th century. Given its growth, it is currently one of the most populous towns in Chile with over 600,000 inhabitants. It is the gateway to one of the foothill areas of the Metropolitan region, which is known as 'Cajón del Maipo' (Maipo Canyon). This area has spaces where people can hike, ride horses, raft and take part in other activities. It also offers lodging and food services.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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