Mayra is 32 years old and lives near the city of Latacunga, Ecuador. She is single and lives with her three children age 13, 8 and 2. She is a cheerful person who works hard to support her children and move forward.
She sells a local specialty food known as “cuero,” which is made from the skin of pork. The dish is fried in its own fat until it is crispy and is often served with beans and potatoes.
Mayra began her business several years ago with the hopes that, through her own business, she could give her children an education and support them as a single mother. She is seeking this loan to invest in her business and be able to make more cuero to sell.
Mayra hopes this loan will help her change her life as it will help her invest in her work and help her give a better life to her children. Mayra’s dream is to have a larger business in the future.
About VisionFund Ecuador
VisionFund Ecuador 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.