Edison is 29 years old and lives in San Gabriel in northern Ecuador. He is divorced and lives with his mother. He has a 4-year-old son with his former spouse. Edison is a calm, peaceful, responsible and enterprising person with dreams of further growth. He will invest this loan in the purchase of tires and maintenance for the bus he owns. His business is bus transportation.
Edison began working as a bus driver and purchased his own bus eight years ago. He works with the help of an assistant who collects payments from passengers and Edison drives. This is his first loan and he believes it will be a great help for his service. He wants it to be more efficient so that his clients will be satisfied. He hopes it will improve his economic position and give his family an improved quality of life.
Edison’s dream is to have another bus, increase his income and give the best he can to his son so that he can study and be a good professional in the future. He believes this is possible through the economic support from his loan and that his path is “always illuminated by the hand of God.”
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.