A loan of $875 helped to buy supplies such as flour and charcoal for making foods.

Susana's story

Susana is a member of the "Caminando Hacia el Futuro" (Walking Toward the Future) communal bank in the city of Talca.

She makes churrascas (a type of tortilla cooked on a grill). She also makes light meals for lunch; these are salads with beef, tuna or chicken. She has been working in food production for three years. Susana says that she makes the dough in her kitchen at home, and she sells the churrascas from a cart that she fitted with a grill and a counter. Her daily schedule is from 5:00 until 9:00 in the evening, and she has a good number of customers since she places her stand near the street. She can therefore take advantage of the pedestrian traffic, which makes it easier to make sales.

She will use the loan to buy food production supplies, including flour and charcoal. One of Susana's long-term goals is to move her business into a local shop and set up a bakery.

Susana lives with her husband and their two children, who are 18 and 19 years old. Both children attend school and help their mother with her cart. The children also sell lunches at their respective schools.

Susana's dream for herself is to study international cooking since she would like to perfect her work. One of her motivations to continue with the business is that it gives her a certain amount of economic independence.

Susana is very happy and grateful for the support from Fondo Esperanza since it has allowed her to invest in her business. She also says that she attended all the training sessions, and because of them she also feels very motivated. The communal bank that she is part of is also very united and committed.

Talca is in the Maule region, which is located in the center of the country. It is the administrative, economic and cultural center of the region, so it is the most important city in Chile's Central Valley. In Chile there is a curious reference to Talca in the phrase "Talca, Paris and London". Some of the stories about this saying state that it comes from a statement originally made by an Englishman, "Talca parece Londres" (Talca looks like London) because of the abundant cloud cover that is frequently over the city in winter, similar to the capital of the United Kingdom.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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