A loan of $800 helped to buy herbs, condiments and potatoes to stock up her store.

Leonor's story

Leonor, a member of the communal bank "Fuerza de Mujer," lives in the city of Temuco. She works in retail trade, specifically, selling vegetables, eggs, condiments, coal, and other items in a stall located in a free market. There she works each day of the week from 10am until 7pm.

She has had this business for 3 years, and she comments that it is going very well and that her customer base is expanding.

Leonor buys her merchandise every 15 days from different businesses, where the prices are most appealing. With this loan she will buy herbs, condiments and potatoes to restock her store.

Her goals are to set up a place in her home for her business and to stock it with merchandise. In this way, she would be more comfortable. Leonor lives with her husband and one of her dreams at the personal level is to buy a van that would allow her to transport her merchandise, since now she has to pay freight charges (to rent some means of transport to move her merchandise) every day of the week.

Leonor is very happy and grateful for this opportunity that Fondo Esperanza is providing her to invest in her business. In addition, she comments that she enjoys the meetings of her communal bank, since the members of her group are very united and responsible. She says it's definitely a great group.

Through the training provided in the meetings, Leonor has learned how to distribute her earnings and expenses in a better way, which has allowed her to keep her business better organized. Temuco is the capital of the La Araucanía region. The city is located 670 kilometers to the south of Santiago (the capital of Chile.) In the surrounding areas, there are a number of lake resorts (Pucón, Villarrica), and very eye-catching flora and fauna concentrated in nearby natural parks. It’s worth pointing out that 50% of the Mapuche, indigenous peoples of our country, live in this region.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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