A loan of $5,025 helped a member to buy meat, onions, wheat mote, napkins, glasses, and cake stands.

Proyectando Al Futuro Group's story

The communal bank “Proyectando al Futuro” has 22 members who do a variety of work: running a store, bar, or hair salon; selling handicrafts; selling fried pumpkin dough and empanadas; selling cosmetics, weaving, or clothing; and providing other services. All the members live in the city of Villarrica.

Manuela is the member of the communal bank who is standing in the first position from right to left in the first row, wearing grey pants and a purple jacket, wearing her dark brown hair down, and holding her son in her arms. She has been a cook for six years. She works from her house Mondays to Sundays, depending on her availability, overseeing events and preparing food and cocktails for birthdays and whatever her clients wish. She must buy her supplies and merchandise from dealers and supermarkets, and sometimes she buys in Santiago. She will use the loan to buy meats, onions, wheat mote, napkins, glasses, and cake stands. One of Manuela's goals is to have a traditional Chilean restaurant with some Mapuche influence where she can generate more income for her family.

Maanuela lives with her husband and three children, ages 17, 12, and 1. She dreams of having her own restaurant, having more relatives working there, and garnering more attention from the public. She is happy and grateful for the opportunity to invest in her business through Fondo Esperanza. She is also comfortable with her group, and they respect one another.

Villarrica is located in southern Chile in the La Araucanía region. Though the city is small, it has all the basic and tourism services because it is one of the main service centers for the mountain area and is the region's main tourist destination besides Pucón. During the summer, there are many activities and cultural, artistic, and sporting events. There are numerous ecotourism, adventure, and ethnotourism alternatives.

In this group: Manuela, Maria, Nataly, Albertina, Gladys, Marianela, German, Ines, Blanca, Lorena, Marilyn, Estela, Derma, Rodrigo, Maritza, Cynthia, Eliana, Norma, Floridema, Olga, Juan, Carlos

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