A loan of $3,175 helped a member to buy a wool carding machine.

Tejiendo Sueños En La Cordillera Group's story

The Tejiendo Sueños en la Cordillera communal bank is made up of 20 entrepreneurs who work in different areas such as: wood crafts, wool, cooking, fast food preparation, clothing and candy sales. All are from Temuco.
Patricia Delegada of the communal bank is in the first row, second from right to left in the phot wearing a patterned sweater and she sells wool thread. She is in charge of processing fleece that she buys from the private houses that raise sheep. She then washes it, dries it, cards it, (untangles and cleans the wool) and makes thread from it. The process takes three days. She says that she learned the skill from her mother and that’s why she has been working in this field for a long time.

She will use the loan to buy a wool carding machine. However, she needs to collect more money to get it since the machine is very expensive but it will make her work easier. Patricia sells according to the orders she has during the week.

Her motivations to continue with the business are principally that she enjoys what she does and it also gives her an income for her home.

Her goals are to keep this business and to be able to teach the skill to one of her family members so there is a continuation of this cultural craft. She lives with her husband and she has a 28-year-old married son

Patricia is very happy and grateful for the support offered her by Fondo Esperanza since this loan will be used to invest in her business and thus hopefully generate higher earnings. As for the communal bank group she says that she has good relationships with the members since she knew them from before.

Temuco is the capital of the Araucania region, located 670 kilometers to the south of Santiago (the capital of Chile). There are a series of natural baths (Pucón, Villarrica) and a very beautiful native flora and fauna concentrated in nearby natural parks. It’s noteworthy that 50% of the Mapuches, an indigenous people of our country, live in this region.

In this group: Patricia*, Frida, Yanette, Alicia, Aurora, Sylvia, Herminia, Eliana, Nancy, Ana, Magaly, Isaida, Editt, Nelly, Marina, Cecilia, Cyntia, Ana, Sandra, Elizabeth
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Miriam Palacio

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