A loan of $3,950 helped a member to buy wool and baskets made from wicker and 'boqui'.


Paso Del Guerrero Group's story

Patricio (who appears in the photo in a pale brown jumper just below the 'ARTEMAPUCHE' sign) lives in Villarica, IX region of Araucanía, where he is a member of the Paso de Guerrero communal bank. The members of the bank are all in business but sell different things such as wool, firewood, food, empanadas [typical pastry snack], doughnuts and various types of crafts.

Patricio has a shop where he sells Mapuche crafts, blankets and wools. He started his business 10 years ago with a lot of personal sacrifice, selling woven goods which is what he likes best. He has always had challenges but what he really wants and longs for is to have the option of having a place of his own, to be the owner of a piece of land where he can have his business and not have to rent.

With the loan he is asking for he needs to buy wool to make his weavings and blankets and baskets made from wicker and 'boqui' [a type of creeping plant whose stems are woven into baskets]. He hopes everything will go well for him with this loan, as he has had a lot of orders and that makes him very happy. What he likes most about working with Fondo Esperanza is the trust they place in people.

In this group: Antimilla Antimilla, Barrueto Guajardo, Colinanco Correa, Olave Catripan, Oriana Figueroa, Rain Alcapan, Saez Pallalafquen, Arce Arce, Carreno Herrera, Diaz Yanez, Nancucan Huenullan, Alcapan Alcapan, Munoz Oporto, Nanculipe Huiriman, Rozas Gutierrez, Yovanolo Arias, Yovanolo Arias, Zuniga Munoz

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Judith McInally



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