Jorge, the man in the striped shirt standing in the middle of the picture, is 21 years old and single, and has no children. He lives in the Cayambe region of Ecuador and describes himself as friendly, open, and respectful.
About a year ago, Jorge and his brother decided to open up an Internet cafe in his hometown. The business has since been doing pretty well. He wishes to take out a loan for the first time in order to expand his shop and buy more computer equipment in order to better serve his growing clientele. If Jorge's income increases, and with the help of his brother, he is determined to go to college and study civil engineering, although he hopes to also keep this business going for a long time.
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.