A loan of $4,000 helped a member to buy fuel/firewood.

Fortaleciendo Familias Group's story

This community bank is called “Strengthening Families” and it is made up of twenty members that live in the city of Villarica. Each member has a different occupation such as selling firewood, groceries, used and new clothes, etc.
Virginia is the president of the bank. You can see her in the front line in the photo. She is the second one on the right. She has short hair, wears glasses and is kneeling a bit. She works buying and selling firewood. She also transports and distributes firewood in her pick-up truck to her customers, of which there are many.
With this loan she will buy more firewood, which she buys in the rural sector, more specifically, in the countryside.
Her goal is to move to a new house, as she lives five kilometers outside of Villarica. This causes difficulties in her daily life, as she has to commute in her truck and pay for all of these expenses. Nevertheless she would like to continue with her business, as it allows her to generate earnings and thus reach her goals.
Virginia is thankful for the loan that will be provided from a long distance. She is very happy with the meetings at the bank as they are very nice and she enjoys the company of the other business people.
Villarica is a city in southern Chile, located in the Araucania region. It is a small city but it has basic and tourist services. It is one of the main centers of the lumber industry and is a tourist attraction as it is near Pucón (where there is a famous lake and the Villarica volcano). During the summer months there are numerous activities and cultural, artistic and sporting events. Also it is a popular spot for ecotourism, adventure tourism and ethno tourism.

In this group: Virginia, Rodemil, Luz, Yasna, Mónica, Héctor, Mirta, Isolina, Regina, Verónica, Mercedes, Olga, Nancy, Olga, Cristina, Celestina, Ximena, Gabriel, Lucila, Karen

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esther Levandoski

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