A loan of $1,725 helped to buy a refrigerator and rice, pasta, oil, salt, butter, and other merchandise.

Elisa's story

Elisa is part of Los Luceros Communal Bank in the Padre Las Casas community in the city of Temuco. She has made a living with a grocery store for nine years. She says she works every day, along with her daughter. She sells her customers groceries, fruit, and assorted merchandise. She fixed up a place in her house to put in her store and be safer and close to her home. She buys the merchandise and supplies she needs in various supermarkets and street fairs where she finds vegetables and fruits to stock her business at a low cost, so it's economically advantageous.

With the loan she'll buy a refrigerator and rice, pasta, oil, salt, butter, and other merchandise.

One of Elisa's goals is to continue with her business, to be able to stock it even more so she'll have more customers and generate greater income for her household and have a better quality of life.

Elisa lives with her daughter, who helps her with the sales in her business. Her dream for work is to be able to expand her business and have more customers and to offer other types of merchandise. On a personal level, she wants to have good health to continue taking care of her business.

She's very happy about and grateful for the opportunity from Fondo Esperanza because it will allow her to invest in her business. She says the training sessions have been fundamental for her business and for her personal development because she has learned to better organize and distribute her income and investments.

Padre Las Casas is a community in the south of Chile near the city of Temuco in the Araucanía region. It was named in honor of the Spanish priest Bartolomé de Las Casas who was a defender of the indigenous people during the conquest. There's a large Mapuche population in this community, and its economy is based on agro-industry and commercial services.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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