Alberta Georgina, who prefers her middle name, is 54 years old and lives in Ibarra, Ecuador. She is single and lives alone although she has six adult children. Her oldest son is Juan Luis, 39, followed by daughter Geoconda, 37, son Jeferson, 35, son Walter, 31, son Javier, 30, and daughter Belgica, 27. Georgina has nearly twenty grandchildren. Georgina is calm and does not have a problem with anyone and she likes to support and help others when she can.
Georgina is requesting a loan to support her two small businesses: painting ceramics, and selling women’s underwear. She began as a businesswoman by selling CDs and movies in Guayaquil, Ecuador, but quit that business because it was dangerous to sell in the streets of Guayaquil and she lost money to robberies and assaults. A few years ago, she moved to Ibarra and two years ago took a class in painting ceramics. Georgina enjoys this new work and says that it is a lot less stressful. This will be her first loan and she will use it to buy ceramics, paint, and underwear to sell. She believes the loan will help her cover her costs. Georgina’s dream is to continue prospering so that she can have a pleasant old age. She also would like to have her own storefront where she can exhibit her works.
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.