A loan of $5,600 helped a member purchase wool and supplies for her classes.

Newen Tragün Group's story

Zunilda, who is on the far right of the photo, dressed in a white blouse and holding a green and brown bag, is a courageous woman who participates in the communal bank of Villarrica named Newn Tragun. In this communal bank, there is a variety of businesses. Members who stand out include those who have a ruca (a traditional home of the Mapuches), artists who work in wool and leather, massage therapists, those who work in tourism, designers, gardeners, and those who sell food out of street carts.

Zunilda, who is our interviewee, tells us that she has a little food cart, and she also sells handicrafts. She tells us that she started her business approximately 11 years ago, and that she learned everything from her culture, the mapuche culture. There was always present in her life crocheting, weaving, making handicrafts, and cooking typical foods, as well as having a stove where she brought to life the meals of Chile. She also teaches free classes to those who want to learn the trade. She has had many problems getting ahead because on the way she has lost her mother, her husband, and her son. In addition to being alone caring for her land, her siblings decided to leave to live in the city, looking for more work, and they abandoned her. This is why she has had to work alone and care for her land alone. Also, she has not had the water she needs because where she lives there is not plumbing for water. The only thing to do is go look for it in the lakes or take it out of wells. This is why her business has been affected. Because of this, she has to leave her land and go live somewhere else. With the loan that she will receive, she will be able to buy more supplies for her business such as wool and supplies to teach her classes for free. She hopes that things will go very well for her business even though she has to relocate. She knows that it could go very well for her. She has greatly enjoyed working with Kiva partner Fondo Esperanza for the loans she has requested and the responsibility of working with them.

**Translator's note: The advertisement in the background of the photo says "To know that you help me, for me is a miracle."

In this group: Eva Sunilda, Zunilda Maria, Maria Elena, Yeny Isabel, Lisette Lorena, Gloria Ines, Domingo Patricio, Norma Del Carmen, Yenifer Yicel, Cesar Osvaldo, Constanza Paola, Carlos Antonio, Evelyn Daniela, Patricia Del Carmen, Wellington, Marcelo Eduardo, Eulalia Del Carmen, Maribel Angélica

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Olivia Shirley

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