A loan of $4,925 helped a member para comprar mercadería y una cocina.

Violeta Parra Group's story

The Violeta Parra Community Bank has nineteen members and is located in the neighbourhood of Estación Central in Santiago. The women all have different stalls in the market selling groceries, fruit, vegetables, or sewing.

Ana (on the left of the photo wearing a fuschia-coloured top and grey sweatshirt) sells fast food such as completos (sandwiches), empanadas, and lunches to the workers and customers in the market where she has her stall. She’s been doing this for a year now, on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 6am to 4pm. She usually buys her supplies and ingredients in Lo Valledor market where she can buy fruit, vegetables, and groceries at preferential rates for merchants.

At this time Ana is not working as she is 6-months pregnant and not in good health so she has to have bed rest. She will begin work again when she feels better.

She plans to use the loan to buy supplies and a stove. Her goal is to have a permanent place in her house where she can sell meals. She is knowledgeable about food quality and how it should be handled. Ana is keen to continue with this work because of her children whom she will be able to care for more easily with a flexible work schedule.

Ana lives with her mother-on-law, her uncle, husband, and 8-year old daughter. Her dream is to obtain a housing subsidy so she can have her own house and provide her family with a better standard of living.

She is very grateful to Kiva partner Fondo Esperanza for this opportunity to invest in her business. As well she really enjoys participating in the meetings because of the commitment and organizational skills of the group.

Estación Central is a district with a plaza in the central area of Santiago (capital of Chile) which owes its name to the Central Train Station built in 1887 and declared a National Monument in 1983. At the beginning, this station and the Mapoche station were the entry points to the city on the Valparaíso-Santiago route as well as from the south part of the country.

In this group: Ana , Norma, Ana, Ema, Lila, Karen, Elsa, Nancy, Viviana, Rosa, Floridor, Silvia, Jeannette, Luis, Ana, Rafael, Luis, Rodrigo, José

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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