A loan of $4,650 helped a member to buy supplies and a kneading machine.

Raíces Chilotas Group's story

'Raíces Chilotas' is a community bank located in Castro, the tenth region of Chile. The members of this group sell clothing, do hairdressing, sell potato empanadas and other food, sew and María, who is on the left of the photo wearing a black coat and green sweater standing next to a member wearing a pink sweatshirt, has a business selling empanadas, 'completos' (a type of hot dog) and lunches. She has a stall in the street market and also sells to her neighbors. She started her business three years ago so that she could help her son and pay for his education. The problem that she has faced has been trying to acquire a spot in the market from which to sell her lunches and empanadas.

María will use the loan she has requested to buy more merchandise so that she can make her empanadas, hot dogs and lunches. She also hopes to be able to buy a machine to knead the dough for her empanadas. She very much enjoys working together with Fondo Esperanza and it has been good for her to share with people who think like she does, who want to improve themselves and who all have the same goal.

In this group: Susana Andrea, Maria Angelina, Bernardita De Lourdes, Rosa Emilia, Fidelia, Fernanda Stephania, Mirna Entty, Carola Jacqueline, Giannina Paz, Yolanda Maribel, Ester Dina, Maria Graciela, Mariela Del Carmen, Elsa Cecilia, Ema Isabel, Yenny Katherine, Carmen Gloria

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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