The strong woman of the Cousiño family
Isidora Goyenechea de Cousiño (1835-1898), was a woman who left an indelible mark on the history of Chile. Today we see her name stamped in an important street in the city and in the Cousiño Palace, the one that was the residence, the family monogram that she designed herself is still appreciated. The seal also remains in the isotype of the Cousiño-Macul Vineyard, which she directed in the second half of the 19th century.
She lived her childhood in Copiapó with her brother Eleuterio and her parents María de la Luz Gallo and Ramón Goyenechea, who was co-owner of “La Descubridora”, a silver mine located in Chañarcillo.
In 1841 her father dies, reason why the family moves to Santiago, city in which Isidora is educated at home. Years later, in 1855, she married Luis Cousiño, son of Matías Cousiño, who had worked with Ramón Goyenechea in the Chañarcillo mine. Together they take care of the family business, however, at the age of 37, Isidora is a widow and is in charge of managing the family fortune, becoming the first woman to run the Cousiño companies.