A loan of $5,225 helped a member to buy inputs for selling herbs.

Entre Amigos Group's story

Paola is in the lower right corner of the photo dressed in a brown jacket with magenta-colored details. She is a member of the communal bank Entre Amigos, located in Villarrica in the Araucanía Region in Chile. The members of this communal bank run businesses such as a pastry shop, selling sausages, tourism, jeweler, bazaar and package handling, and tailor.

Paola has a business where she sells second-hand shoes. She has been running this business for twenty years, although its orientation has changed during this time. But she has always had her business, and she has always been a merchandiser. She has not had any problems nor faced any challenges.

She will use the loan to buy medicinal herbs, since she would like to buy or rent a hectare where she can plant her herbs and then sell them in her shop. She hopes that she will be very successful with this project. What she has appreciated the most about working with Fondo Esperanza is its willingness to work and the enthusiasm it transfers to its members while they are learning.

In this group: Patricio Alberto, Maridalia Paz, Paola Carmen, Silvia Ester, Wilma Del Carmen, Rosa Del Carmen, Miriam Luz, Consuelo Del Carmen, Cristian Daniel, Sergio Orlando, Silvia Fabiana, Maritza Isolda, Francisca Del Carmen, Roxana Vanessa, Paola Soledad, Julio Segundo, Malbina Soraya, Doris Alicia, Fabiola Del Carmen, Fernando Salomon

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Isabel Valencia

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