A loan of $7,100 helped a member to buy women's, men's, children's and infants' clothing in different sizes and styles.

Azteca Group's story

The village bank called "Azteca" is made up of 20 entrepreneurs who work in different fields, among them: clothing sales, sewing, business, warehouses, selling firewood and coal, selling bread and other things. They all live in the city of Temuco.

One member is Jessica, who is pictured standing in the first row on the far left wearing a brown jacket and black pants. She wears glasses and her hair is light brown and worn down.

Jessica is a merchant; specifically, she has been selling clothing for three years. She works at home Monday through Friday and her schedule changes with her availability, as she is a mother of young children. She goes to buy her merchandise in the city of Santiago for a better price which makes it economically convenient. With the loan she will buy clothing for women, men, children and infants in different sizes and styles.

One of Jessica's business goals is to have a store where she can attend to her customers so that she can make more money and have a better quality of life.

Jessica lives with her husband, who is a bank teller, and her two daughters, ages 6 and 3. Her dream for her family is to be able to own a home to give her children a good place to live. She is very happy and thankful for the opportunity given to her by Fondo Esperanza because it will allow her to invest in her business. She says that the trainings have been important for her business and also for her personal development because she learned to organize and distribute her income and investments better.

Temuco is the capital of the region of Araucania. The city is 670 km south of Santiago (Chile's capital). On the outskirts there are a series of lakeside resorts (Pucon, Villarica) and striking native flora and fauna concentrated in the nearby natural parks. Half of the Mapuche people, an indigenous group in Chile, live in this region.

In this group: Jessica, Teresa, Claudia, Sandra, Gladys, Catalina, Elena, Estrella, Lidia, Gloria, Danitza, Patricia, Ana, Eliada, Johanna, Claudia, Johana, Juana, Maria, Alejandra

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus

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