A loan of $3,650 helped a member to purchase soft drinks and ice creams.

Los Pellines Group's story

Ana, the fourth person standing from the left with her eyes closed and a big smile, is a member of the 'Pellines de Castro' communal bank from Chiloé province in the Los Rios region. The members are involved in several trades, including seafood, agricultural products and 'minimarkets' (convenience stores).

Ana has a minimarket business which she started 4 years ago. It was an investment she made with severance money received from a previous job. Before leaving her job, she had decided that she wanted to work for herself and spend more time at home. She tells us that at the time she was only able to buy a carton of eggs, some drinks and some candy. She has recently experienced some difficulties as the winter has been very harsh, leading to increased unemployment and therefore her sales have not increased much, however she remains hopeful that everything will work out.

Ana is seeking this loan to purchase ice creams and beverages to stock her store, and believes that her business to do very well. What Ana likes most about working with Fondo Esperanza is meeting others with similar interests, and also getting to know her fellow members in the communal bank.

In this group: Arismendi Dominguez, Bahamonde Saldivia, Maldonado Montero, Gomez Soto, Gonzalez Altamirano, Hennings Aravena, Levitureo Mansilla, Soto Soto, Contreras Ebner, Godoy Sepulveda, Santana Nail, Vera Barria, Asencio Ruiz, Ojeda Vargas, Pinda Carcamo

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Fiona Craig

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