Dear Professor Yunus
As a result of your visits to Chile in 2001 and 2003, different sectors of our society have reinforced their poverty promotion commitment, through microcredit as a key development system.
The ideas and concepts you proposed in the meetings you held with President Ricardo Lagos as well as a wide range of representative people, including businessmen, congressmen, economists, microfinance institutions executives, young people, and catholic church members, have become a guide and an inspiration source to this process, and a strong microcredit support.
The goals proposed during these years and their achievement, locate Chile among the leading Latin-American countries in the subject, through the development of a system based on the confidence, which recognizes people’s social characteristics, and the allowance of several institutions involved in a competitive and collaborative environment, with direct benefit of micro-entrepreneurs.
We feel that Chilean experience has particular characteristics very useful to share with other Latin American countries, based on our common ethnical roots and similar cultures. According to that, we formally ask for your sponsorship to our application to the next Regional Microcredit Summit to be held in 2005.
On our behalf, we have proposed to Banco Estado, Caja de Compensacion de Los Andes, Fundacion Contigo and Desafio, to join us in this initiative, entrusting the general co-ordination to Desafio.
In the meantime, we keep waiting for your answer in order to begin working in the program origination.
With best regards
Andres Palma Irarrazaval
Planning and Cooperation Minister, Santiago
24th November, 2003