A loan of $2,650 helped a member to buy ingredients for the food she makes, including: flour, glaze, custard, merengue, other supplies and gas.


Alerce De Chiloé Group's story

This communal bank, called "Alerce de Chiloé,” is made up of 17 entrepreneurs who work in different occupations such as: handicrafts, beauty salon, dressmaking, farming, and growing vegetables in a greenhouse. All of them are from the city of Puerto Montt.

Ana is a member of the communal bank who is in the middle of the photo. She has dark brown hair and is wearing a black sweater. She has worked in the area of food production for 16 years. She prepares meals in her house that she later offers for sale to people she knows. She works preparing the food on the weekends, and during the week she prepares and sells baked goods and pastries, such as kuchen, to order.

Ana buys the ingredients for the food that she prepares in the supermarkets. With this loan, she will buy ingredients to make her food, such as flour, glaze,custard, merengue, other supplies and gas. Her goals for the business are to establish a bakery or pastry shop in a fixed location, where she could offer and sell all of her culinary products.

Ana lives with her three children aged 15, 10 and 9. Her dream at the personal level is to prosper in her business, so that she can provide her family with a better quality of life.

Ana is very pleased and grateful for the opportunity that Fondo Esperanza has provided her to invest in her business.

Puerto Montt is a city in the southern part of Chile, located in the Los Lagos region. The attractions of Puerto Montt include its beautiful green countrysides, its unpopulated beaches, its cuisine, especially the reputation of its fish and seafood, and its handicrafts. This area is also the gateway to Isla Grande de Chiloé, an area rich in tradition and legends.

In this group: Ana, Angelica, Sandra, Carmen, Sandra, Ana, Liliana, Catalicia, María, Selma, Cesar, Teresa, Bianda, Brigida, Rosa, Doris, Raul
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar



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