A loan of $1,025 helped to buy new clothes, second hand clothes, lingerie, tablecloths and curtains.

Brunilda's story

Brunilda is a member of the “Rompiendo Barreras” [Breaking Barriers], community bank in the city of Temuco. She sells second hand clothes, new clothes and plants from her house or by visiting customers' houses. She has done this for 23 years and during that time it has gone very well for her in the business. She maintains the same customers she has had from the beginning.

With the loan, she will buy new clothes, second hand clothes, lingerie, tablecloths and curtains. Her goals for her business are to supply her business with a larger quantity of merchandise to sell and obtain more earnings. She also has planned for this year renting a locale to sell her merchandise more calmly and in an easier way.

Brunilda lives with her two children, aged 26 and 25 years old. She also has two grandchildren, aged 13 and 8. She remarks that she has been able to make her dreams come true in her life, and that is why she feels calm now. She is very happy and grateful for the loan offered by Fondo Esperanza since it has allowed her to invest in her business. In regards to the community bank group to which she belongs, she has been with them for 5 years and they get along very well, due to the unity and supportiveness.

Temuco is the capital of the Araucanía region. The city is located 670 kilometers to the south of Santiago (the capital of Chile). Nearby are a series of lake beaches (Pucón, Villarrica) and very striking flora and fauna in the nearby nature parks. It is worth mentioning that this region is where 50% of Mapuches, and indigenous people, live in our country.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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