A loan of $800 helped to buy ingredients to make her dishes.


Claudia's story

Claudia is a part of the Renaciendo al Futuro Communal Bank based in the city of Talca.

She makes fast food for a living, specifically hot dogs, which she has been doing for five years. She tells us that she started out in business selling lingerie, but that she later changed areas. She has an established fast food stand, which is located in an addition she built in her home's patio.

She works seven days a week from nine at night until one in the morning. She tells us that she lives in an area with a lot of competition, but that her customers prefer her and that she has a large number of them.

She will use the loan to buy ingredients to make her food.

One of her goals is to continue with her business, as it has allowed her to cover her household expenses. she also wants to save to buy a grill.

Claudia lives with one of her children, who is 17 years old.

She is very happy with and thankful for the opportunity Fondo Esperanza has offered her, as it will allow her to invest in her business. As far as the communal bank she belongs to is concerned, she tells us that is it very good and close-knit. Furthermore, the training sessions have allowed her learn new organization and investment strategies.

Talca is in the Maule Region, which is located in the central area of the country. It is the administrative, economic, and cultural center of the region, as it is the most important city in Chile's Central Valley. There is a curious saying about Talca in Chile, which is "Talca, Paris, and London." One of the theories about this saying is that it comes from something originally said by an Englishman, "Talca looks like London." This is because of all the fog that often covers the city in winter, much like the capital of the United Kingdom.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alyson Trowbridge



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