Angel lives and works in the Santo Domingo canton of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas. Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas is one of the largest cities in Ecuador, with 500,000 inhabitants. But you'd never guess the size of the city from the tranquil pace of life in the city. Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas is in a tropical, humid area of Ecuador, renowned for its natural beauty, its huge markets, and its trade in livestock – the largest in the country.
Angel is 34 years old. He lives with his two children, aged five and 11 years old, who are both in school. Angel's life has been somewhat of a struggle, particularly when his parents both fell ill. He spends all of his free time with his children.
Angel has a candy shop where he sells chocolates, candies, posters and some jewelry. He works 11 hours a day without help from anyone. His biggest challenge in his work is making sales. He started this work after learning from his relatives.
This is Angel's second loan with Fundación Alternativa and his first loan with Kiva. Angel will use the loan to buy new kinds of inventory for the stall.
Angel's dreams for the future are to see his two children grow up to be professionals and to marry.
About Fundación Alternativa
Fundación Alternativa encourages entrepreneurship and provides sustainable financial and non-financial services that promote social and economic development in Ecuador. The organization focuses on serving poor and excluded populations through analysis of clients' living conditions and by providing business training and other support services in urban, rural and marginalized parts of the country.