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María Susana
María is a young single woman of 24 who lives with her mother, Isabel, who is 65. They live in Andrade Marín parish in Atuntaqui, which is a city of 21,000 inhabitants, located in Imbabura Province in northern Ecuador. Although the proper name of the area is Antonio Ante, those who visit or have heard about it usually call it Atuntaqui. This area is known for its textile fabrication which represent the majority of the economic movement of the city. Besides their tasty typical food, here they prepare the best fritadas that are made from a base of pig meat and accompanied by products from the area like potatoes and "mote" (a corn-based food).

This entrepreneur started her own business a year ago, raising and selling cuyes [guinea pigs, raised for meat in some parts of Latin America]. She learned this work from her mother. She provides economically for her humble household. Now she intends to grow her business (since the demand for this animal allows for growth), and for that she needs a loan so she can purchase more cuyes and sell them to increase her earnings.

Fundación Alternativa, which is the field partner for this loan, offers María training and advice in such a way that her business can grow in a sustainable manner. An interesting aspect of this business is that in Ecuador these animals are sold as food, not as pets as is done in other countries. Despite working at this business full time, María's dream is to have a bakery. She says that her siblings are bakers and in her free time she helps them, and this has given her the incentive to work toward one day having her own bakery.
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María es una joven de 24 años soltera que vive junto a su madre Isabel de 65 años en la parroquia de "Andrade Marín" en "Atuntaqui" que es una ciudad de 21 000 habitantes que pertenece a la provincia de "Imbabura", al norte de Ecuador. El nombre propio es Antonio Ante pero todos lo conocen como Atuntaqui. Este sector es reconocido por sus fábricas de textiles las cuales representan la mayor parte del movimiento económico de la ciudad. Además su comida típica es muy apetecida ya que aquí se preparan las mejores "fritadas", que se hacen a base de carne de cerdo y son acompañadas por productos de la zona como papas y "mote" (producto hecho de maíz)

Esta emprendedora inició hace un año su propio negocio que es la crianza de cuyes para luego venderlos. Este oficio lo aprendió de su madre. Ella aporta económicamente a su humilde hogar. Ahora se proyecta a crecer (ya que la demanda de este animal lo permite) y para ello necesita un crédito y poder comprar más cuyes y al venderlos para obtener más ganancias. Fundación Alternativa que es la institución que intermediará este crédito, le brindará a María, capacitación y asesoría de tal manera que su negocio pueda crecer de una manera sostenible. Un dato interesante de esta actividad es que en el Ecuador estos animalitos son vendidos como alimento, más no para mascota como se lo hace en otros países.

A pesar de dedicarse de lleno a esta actividad su sueño es tener una panadería. Nos cuenta que sus hermanos son panaderos y ella en sus tiempos libres les ayuda y esto le ha incentivado para soñar en que algún día pueda tener su propia panadería.

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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.

About Ecuador

  • $10,200
    Average annual income
  • 34
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    Ecuador Loans Fundraising
  • $23,216,275
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,100 helped María Susana to purchase cuyes [guinea pigs] to raise and sell them.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Dec 26, 2011
Listed
Jan 19, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Nov 15, 2012