A loan of $1,700 helped to buy manure, liquids, seeds and to pay labor costs.

Ximena's story

Ximena’s part of the “Mis Sueños” (My Dreams) communal bank in the city of Talca. She’s worked in agriculture for 14 years. Her work consists specifically in cultivating the land and includes all tasks related to soil treatment and vegetable growing. She works alongside her laborers from Monday through Saturday and she arranges her schedule according to availability. The buys the merchandise and supplies as needed from large suppliers who specialize in selling manure at low cost which is advantageous economically. She will use the loan to buy manure, liquid seeds and to pay laborers. One of Ximena’s goals is to continue growing and earning higher family income and to be able to provide jobs for those who need them.

Ximena lives with her two children who are 17 and 15 years of age and attend school. Her dream on a person level is to have more resources because she needs to have more for home because the children are growing and the need to give them a good life and future schooling increases.

She’s very grateful and happy with the opportunity provided by Fondo Esperanza because it opened a work portal and will allow her to invest in her business and in her personal development since she’s learned how to organize and manager her income and investments better.

Talca belongs to the Maule Region, a zone in the middle of the country. It’s the administrative, economic and cultural center of the region and the most important city in the Chilean Central Valley. There’s a curious phrase about Talca in Chile that says: “Talca, Paris and London.” Among the myths associated with is, some say it comes from something originally said by an Englishman “Talca parece Londres” because of the abundant fog that frequently covers the city in winter similar to the capital of the United Kingdom.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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