A loan of $6,475 helped a member to buy wood, supplies and a hualato (an agricultural tool akin to a pickaxe).

Huaihuen Group's story

The Communal Bank Huaihuen practices different trades such as craftwork, fishing, working with frozen items or jams, and horticulture, which is María's business. She is located on the right side of the picture with a pink scarf. She is white and has wavy hair.

María sells jams and raspberries, and a year ago, in her greenhouse, she began a business selling vegetables. With this business, she can provide for her home. The problem she has had is with the climate, since - as happens in all places where it rains frequently - she has not been able to cultivate much.

She will use the loan she is granted to buy wood, supplies and a hualato, which serves to move dirt. She hopes that it goes very well for her, since she is thinking of only selling raspberries and jams, and if the climate is good she can also sell her vegetables.

She is happy that she has been able to find people who share her interests and desire to rise up, and also the access to help that Fondo Esperanza has facilitated for people who do not have any way to obtain money.

In this group: Veronica Del Carmen, Ana Ernestina, Maria Eduviges, Jeannete Del Carmen, María Yolanda, Mariana Genoveva, Analia Bernardita, Guillermo, Erna Paola, María Orfelia, Claudia Andrea, Alex Alonso, Camila Alejandra, Miriam Haydee, Vanessa Katherine, Tabita Ester, Maria Soledad, Belisario, Basilia Del Carmen, Mercedes Del Carmen

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jamie Schau

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