A loan of $875 helped to fix the fence around his small farmland.

Wilmer Alberto's story

Wilmer is a young entrepreneur, age 30, who was born in Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, a province of Ecuador. He lives in the "Limón" parish on a small patch of farmland he inherited from his father. He is single and totally involved in agriculture. The "Limón" parish is known as the home of the native "Tsáchilas", who are also known as the "Indios Colorados" because they dye their hair red with a fruit called achiote. According to the last census there are only 2,640 colored indians remaining in Ecuador.

This young man was affected by his father's illness. He wants to continue with the business and he loves nature. He has a noble spirit and sense of community service.

Wilmer grows bananas, yucca and cocoa on his farm. The fence around his property is in need of repair. He has in mind a project to make chocolate and help the community by giving employment to the local people. The Fundación Alternativa has helped him with his first loan in view of this young man's business sense and desire to get ahead and form a micro-company.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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