A loan of $1,625 helped to buy potatoes and flour.

Norma's story

Forma forms part of the Communal Bank "Los Luceros" (The Shining Stats) belonging to the Padre Las Casas county in the Temuco commune. She has dedicated herself to selling fast food for the past five years. She performs her work Monday to Sunday from 11 AM to 12 AM at night. She has a lot of clients to whom she offers barbecued meat, full meals, french friends, ice cream, and drinks. Sometimes she works with the help of her daughter. She adapted a space in her house to sell the fast food.

The merchandise and ingredients she needs are used at various butcher shops, supermarkets, and at fairs where she finds potatoes at a low cost, which is economically convenient. With this loan she will buy potatoes and flour.

One of Norma's goals is to have the possibility of obtaining a larger location with more space to put her machines and better attend to her clients.

Norma lives together with her four daughters and six granddaughters. Her dreams in regard to her work are to have a bigger business and to sell other supplies. At a familial level, she wants to provide the best for her six granddaughters and her daughters so that they have a good experience in life and a good education for their future granddaughters.

She is so content and grateful for the opportunities which Fondo Esperanza has provided her that she has allowed them to invest in her company. Furthermore, she is grateful for her personal development there because she has learned to organized and distribute her income and investments better.

Padre Las Cases is a county in the south of Chile, near the city of Temuco, in the Araucanía region. Its name honors the Spanish priest Bartolomé de Las Casas, who defended indigenous people during the American conquest. It stands out for the large Mapuche population in the county. Its economy is based in the agricultural industry and in commercial services.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Gilbert

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