A loan of $4,175 helped a member to buy bags of lemons.

Nuestro Sueño Group's story

The name of this Community Bank is 'Nuestra Sueño'. There are twenty members, all with businesses such as clothes sales, stallholders, crafts, firewood sales, baker, weaving, services etc. They all live in the town of Temuco.

Rony is the President. He can be seen in the photo standing in the back row second from the right and wearing a dark brown jacket and a blue wool hat. He has earned his living for the last two years selling lemons and carrots in the various local markets. He works from 7:30am to 6:30pm. Rony buys the produce in small stores or sometimes in supermarkets at low prices, whichever is more financially beneficial. With the loan he plans to buy bags of lemons.

One of Rony's business goals is to have a permanent stall in the market so that he can have a calmer place in which to work, earn more money, and thus have a better quality of life.

Rony lives with his wife and two children aged 5 and 3. On a personal level his dream is to one day own a furniture workshop in his home as he does well in this line of work. However, he lacks the necessary tools to start this business. As well, he needs to spend more money in the home because his children are growing so he has to provide them with a good start to life.

He is very happy and grateful to have this opportunity with Fondo Esperanza which will allow him to invest in his business. Commenting on his Community Bank, he says that the members communicate well with each other. As well, the training provided has given him the opportunity to learn new sales and accounting techniques.

Temuco is the capital of the region of Araucanía. The town is located 670 km south of Santiago, the capital of Chile. In the surrounding areas are lake resorts (Pucón, Villarrica), and fascinating native plants and animals.

In this group: Rony, David, Deisson, Irma, Ilia, Agustina, Angelica, Feliciano, Manuel, Rogelio, Gladys, Ruben, Ruth, Natalia, Pamela, Maria, Viviana, Daniel, Nancy, Marcelo

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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