A loan of $2,700 helped a member to purchase flour, meat and onions.

Willi Mapu Runca Group's story

Ana Maria, who is seated in the center of the above photograph and wearing a black hat and orange scarf, belongs to the communal bank "Willi Mapu Ruca" in Valdivia. The members of this communal bank have a variety of businesses, such as buying, selling and repairing vehicles, selling clothing, running a small grocery and selling "empanadas" (a stuffed bread or pastry that is baked or fried). Ana Maria has a business selling "empanadas." Right now she sells baked "empanadas," but she started out approximately five years ago selling fried "empanadas." She sold them from house to house until one day some people asked her for baked "empanadas." Since the dough is different, she asked a friend, who has a bakery, to teach her to make the dough for baked "empanadas." A year ago, Ana Maria changed direction, and now she only makes baked "empanadas" for sale. She has had a lot of ups and downs, and one of her gravest problems is not having enough money to work. With the money she is requesting, Ana Maria needs to buy flour, meat and onions, which are the basics for her " empanadas." She is very happy and hopeful that all will go well with her sales. What Ana Maria likes most about working with Fondo Esperanza is the fact that they don't ask her for so many documents to get a loan; they just believe in her business.

In this group: Margarita Eugenia, Ana Maria, Marisel Beatriz, Pablo Andres, Andrea Daniela, Marianella Nicol, Irene Nancy, Mirta Nolvia, Tamara Lorena, Diana Yocelin, Elsa Miriam, Flor Del Pilar, Margarita Aurora, Monica Cecilia, Marcia Elena

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal

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