Yessica is a hardworking, 26-year-old single mother. She lives along with her 3-year-old son. In her spare time, she plays with her son and loves playing soccer (unusual for women in Ecuador, but Yessica says she doesn't mind). Yessica says that one of the hardest parts of her life is her education: She was only in school until fifth grade.
Yessica 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.
This is Yessica's first Kiva loan. She will use it to to buy chickens and feed. Her family has always been engaged in raising birds, and it was from them that she learned the business of raising chickens. She works nearly all day and part of the night, feeding the birds. The hardest part of her work is the physical aspect. The bags of balanced feed are extremely heavy, and it's hard for Yessica to unload them from where she buys them, carry them home, and mix them. Because of this, she employs a young helper to assist with the heavy bags.
Yessica's dream for the future is to buy her own piece of land and build her own house on it.
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.