A loan of $5,175 helped a member to repair her truck.

Qiñe Mapu Group's story

This communal bank is called “Quiñe Mapu” and is made up of 18 entrepreneurs who have different business including a cocktail restaurant, fast food, clothes making, jewelry sales, wallet sales, arts and crafts and other services. They are all from the city of Linares.

Guadalupe is part of the communal bank and is shown in the first row of the picture, fifth from the left, wearing pink top, dark pants, with short brown hair.

She sells fast food and has for six years. She says that she set up part of her patio to set up a stand where she can sell empanadas, choclo cakes, and lasagna, depending on the season. She also has a truck and uses it as a means of transport to make her purchases for the business.

She buys her supplies and merchandise at fairs and different supermarkets at low cost, so it’s convenient for her.

She will use the money from this loan to fix up her truck.

One of Guadalupe’s goals is to be able to deliver her food products to larger stores. In this way she can generate more income and have a better quality of life.

Guadalupe lives with her husband and two children, ages 27 and 17, and with an 8 year old grandson. Her dreams for her family are to be able to provide her children with a good education and create new things every day so that she can expand her business.

She is very happy about the opportunity through Fondo Esperanza because it allows her to invest in her business. She says that the training has been fundamental for her business and also for her personal development. She has learned to organize and distribute her income and inventory more effectively.

Linares is an important urban center in the Maula region, located in the country’s central zone. Here, agricultural production in an important export. They raise cereal grains (rice, wheat, corn, oats), vegetables (beets, cabbage, lettuce, chard, beans), and fruit. Linares is the main rice producer in Chile and provides 78% of the total production, mainly in Parral.

In this group: Guadalupe, Alvaro, Jacqueline, Lyly, Solange, Emily, Bella, Eduardo, Cristian, Mario, Ana, Ruben, Pamela, Irma, Cinthia, Rodrigo, Mercedes, Carlos

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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