A loan of $4,275 helped a member comprará una máquina amasadora.

Sueños Cordilleranos Group's story

The “Sueños cordilleranos” Communal Bank is comprised of 20 entrepreneurs who work in different areas. This includes (amongst other things) the preparation of fast food and cakes, and the sale of clothes. All of the entrepreneurs live in the town of Machalí.

María Fernanda is a member of the Communal Bank. In the photograph she is the lady on the first, from left to right. She has short hair and is wearing a check shirt. She prepares snack foods including roast chicken, pies, homemade bread, tamales (a Native American dish) and "pasteles de choclo" a typical corn dish. All the food is prepared from home as she has a clay oven (wood burner).

She has worked in this area for 15 years. She lives in a rural area in the countryside, which has enabled her to plant vegetables - beans and corn amongst other things - on her own land, and she harvests her crops to use them to prepare her dishes.

She buys ingredients such as flour and meat from a wholesaler located in Rancagua city.

With the loan she will buy a bread maker.

Her ambition is to continue working and to set up suitable, more spacious premises to attend to her customers.

María Fernanda lives with her husband and 19 year old son who is studying a degree in Mining Engineering. Her dream is that her son will become a professional.

She is very happy and grateful for the support offered by "Fondo Esperanza" as it has enabled her to invest in her business. She also enjoys the meetings held at the Communal Bank as the training has taught her to better distribute her income. She says she has also made friends with some members of the group in which there is confidence and respect.

Machalí is a town in the central part of Chile, located in the Libertador Bernardo O´Higgins region. The “El Teniente”, the largest subterranean copper mine in the world, can be found here. Campamento Sewell is located at the entrance to the mine, declared a "Zona Típica" (Typical Zone as decreed by the National Monuments Council of Chile), Cultural Heritage Tourism and World Heritage site due to its unique architecture and construction unique to its location and structure.

In this group: María Fernanda, Rosa, Uriela, Ana María, Margarita, Elsa, Adriana, Johana, Rosa, Alejandra, Ricardina, Nelly, Raquel, Cira, Vitalia, María Inés, Cecilia, Lidia, Berta, Alicia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rachael Walker

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