A loan of $1,075 helped to buy fudge topping, dulce de leche, flour, pots and molds for the preparation of her chocolates.


Priscila's story

Priscila is a member of the communal bank "Nuestros Inicios," in the city of Temuco. For the past 10 years she has worked in the sale of chocolates, truffles, alfajores and cuchuflis (traditional Chilean sweets). She works from home Mondays through Sundays, and distributes according to her availability as she has young children. She buys the merchandise and ingredients that she needs from supermarkets and distributors that specialize in the sale of chocolates, as these are places where she can find her merchandise at low cost and therefore it is economically convenient. With this loan she will buy chocolate, dulce de leche, flour, pots and molds for the preparation of her chocolates. One of Priscila's goals is to continue with her business, in order to have more resources for her home, as her children are growing and as they grow so does the need to provide them with a good life. Priscila lives with her husband and 5 children, who are 15, 12, 11, 9 and 2 years old. She dreams to grow her business and set it up in a fixed location in order to sell her chocolates. She is very happy and grateful for the opportunity provided by Fondo Esperanza, as this loan will enable her to invest in her business. Additionally, she feels comfortable with her communal bank group, which motivates her to continue participating in the institution. She also tells us that the trainings provided in the meetings have helped her to better invest in her business. Temuco is the capital of the region of Araucania. The city is located 670 kilometers to the south of Santiago (the capital of Chile). In its surroundings there are a bunch of lake resorts (Pucon, Villarrica), as well as very beautiful native flora and fauna concentrated in nearby natural parks. Also worth mentioning is that within the region live 50% of the country's Mapuche people (an indigenous community).

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kaitlyn Godfrey



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