Dolores is 36 years old and lives in Otavalo, Ecuador. She is married and lives with her husband. Dolores is a calm and peaceful person with desires to overcome the social and economic obstacles in her life. She is a seamstress who sews blouses and she sells livestock. Dolores seeks this loan to purchase cattle and material for the creation of blouses. She began making blouses by hand after learning the tradition from her mother. She has been dedicated to this business for 10 years. Her first loan was used to purchase a sewing machine that has allowed her to make blouses more rapidly. Dolores reports that her blouse-making business is going well and that she receives orders every week. Dolores believes that her loan will help her attain economic stability. Her dream is to purchase an embroidery machine and continue expanding her business.
About FODEMI, a partner of World Vision International
FODEMI is a microenterprise development fund that supports groups of entrepreneurs who lack access to formal financial systems. The organization works with vulnerable populations, especially women, in the marginalized urban and rural sectors of Ecuador. Its clients work in a variety of sectors including agriculture, artisan crafts and the commercial and service sectors. Kiva lenders’ funds are used to expand the organization’s services to the poor living in more rural parts of Ecuador.