A loan of $3,000 helped a member to buy new clothes.

Las Heroínas De Labranza Group's story

This communal bank is called “Las Heroínas de Labranza” and has 17 members who carry out a variety of different lines of work. Among them are: firewood chopping, fruit stands, vegetable stands, clothing sales, honey sales, sale of prepared salads, egg sales and clothes making. All of them are from the city of Temuco.

Carolina is the communal bank’s group Treasurer. In the photo she’s in the center, wearing a white jacket and green scarf; in addition, her hair is gathered up.

She has been selling clothes for the last ten years. She started out selling used clothes but has been selling new clothes for the last six months. She comments that she’s done excellently well with sales and that the number of customers has increased over time. She sells door to door and buys her merchandise in the city of Santiago’s Meiggs neighborhood. She will use the loan to buy new clothes. Her business goal is to set herself up in an established locale to display and sell her merchandise.

Carolina lives with her husband and three children who are 11, 7 and 3 years old. She feels tranquil and happy and comments that she has no unfulfilled dreams.

Carolina is very happy and grateful for the services she’s gotten from Fondo Esperanza. She also enjoys the workshops that take place during the communal bank meetings. The group is very united, mutually supportive and the members have known each other for the last two years.

Temuco is the capital of the Araucanía region. The city is located 670 kilometers south of Santiago (Capital of Chile). There is a series of lakefront resorts in its surroundings (Pucón, Villarrica) and it has very eye-catching flora and fauna concentrated in nearby natural parks. It’s worth pointing out that this region is home to 50% of the Mapuche, our country’s indigenous people.

In this group: Carolina, Nelly, Susana, Jacqueline, Maryerine, Miriam, Marisol, Maribel , Marylin, Claudia, Andrea, Angell, Elizabeth, Cecilia, Heidy, María Teresa, Luz

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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