A loan of $6,975 helped a member to buy hot dogs, bread, mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, mustard, and a variety of women's vests.

Maui Dantu Group's story

This communal bank is called “Maui Dantu”. It is comprised of 18 entrepreneurs who carry out various lines of work among which are found: stall holders, selling eggs, selling clothes by catalog, selling used clothes, bracelets, slot machines, hair clips, and services, among others. All of them are from the Independencia community in the city of Santiago.

Griselda is the president of the communal bank. In the photo she is standing in the last row, and she is the third person from right to left. She is wearing a black jacket, and her dark brown hair is pulled back. She has been selling fast food for six year. She has recently added the sale of women’s clothes like vests.

She says that she works at her house Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. She specializes in hot dogs, barbecue, and French fries. She has plenty of customers.

Her goal for the loan is to have a bigger place in order to receive more customers. This way she will generate more income and give her family a better quality of life.

Griselda lives with her husband and her two children, ages 15 and 11. Her dream for her work is to grow as a business. With this income she can help her 15 year old by purchasing her medications. The state of her health is very complex.

She is very grateful and happy about the opportunity granted to her from Fond Esperanza. It has allowed her to invest in her business. Also, she is very comfortable in the company of the other entrepreneurs in her communal bank. They share different activities and interests, which have served to pass the time pleasantly.

Independencia is one of 34 communities that make up Santiago, the Chilean capital. It is located in the north-central section. In the 19th century, Independencia emerged as one of the more traditional sectors of the city. The main thoroughfare is Independencia Avenue, which served as the old Incan Road and the gateway to the north from the city of Santiago. Given the growing indigenous population, Independencia is known as the "Indigenous Cultural Center of Chile". It also has important historical sites, including six Chilean historical monuments.

In this group: Gricelda, Rosa, Ingrid, Christian, Bernardita, Marcela, Doralisa, Elizabeth, Katherine, Patricia, Rossana, Viviana, Sara, Veronica, Marisol, Myriam, Olga, Dario
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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