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Edison Rolando
Edison is a 25-year-old man who lives with his mother in Latacunga, the capital of the province of Cotopaxi, located in the central part of Ecuador. This region, in the middle of the Andes, has a very traditional community dedicated mainly to agriculture and livestock. In Latacunga, which is at 2,800 meters above sea level, the climate tends to be cold, but in the subtropics, on the western side of the province, it is warm and humid because of its proximity to the coastal region of the country.

One of the most talked-about and popular festivals is the one for Mama Negra, which is precisely the independence of Latacunga. Nevertheless, the celebration goes beyond that because it is a mixture of religion with pagan, Spanish, and even African influences. For this reason the celebration has a lot of color that is represented in the traditional parade that takes place in September, on the 23rd and 24th, the day of the fall equinox.

Edison has worked for three years raising animals, a job he learned from his mother. He has not had the opportunity to study, so he only finished his primary education. Edison has made the decision to become a professional driver. In this way he will work driving heavy transport or in public or private service, and get greater income. This job is very attractive to him because he likes to drive.

With the loan he will get he will be able to pay for his course and his professional license, so he will be able to achieve his short-term objective.

In his free time he will continue working with his animals, for which he will have the help of his mother.
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Edison es un hombre de 25 años que vive junto a su madre en "Latacunga" que es la capital de la provincia de "Cotopaxi" ubicada en el centro del Ecuador. Este sector, el cual se encuentra en plena cordillera de los andes, tiene una población muy tradicional y dedicada principalmente a la agricultura y ganadería. En Latacunga, por encontrarse a unos 2.800 metros sobre el nivel del mar el clima suele ser gélido, pero en el subtrópico, en el lado occidental de la provincia, el clima es cálido húmedo por su cercanía a la región costanera del país. Una de las fiestas más sonadas y populares es la de la "Mama Negra" en la cual es propiamente la independencia de Latacunga, sin embargo la celebración va más allá ya que es una mezcla de religión, manifestaciones paganas, españolas e incluso africanas; por este motivo, la celebración cuenta con un gran colorido que se representa en el desfile tradicional que se da a cabo en septiembre, en los días 23, 24, día del equinoccio de otoño.

Edison se dedica desde hace tres años a la crianza de animales, actividad que la aprendió de su madre. El no ha tenido la oportunidad de estudiar por lo que únicamente ha cursado la educación primaria. Edison ha tomado la decisión de convertirse en chofer profesional y de esta manera trabajar manejando transporte pesado o de servicio público o privado y así percibir mayores ingresos. Esta actividad le atrae mucho ya que le gusta manejar. Con el crédito que obtendrá podrá pagar su curso y su licencia profesional, de tal manera que pueda cumplir su meta a corto plazo. En su tiempo libre seguirá dedicándose a sus animales y para ello también tendrá la ayuda de su madre.

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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
  • 39
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    Ecuador Loans Fundraising
  • $23,222,425
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $675 helped Edison Rolando to be able to pay for his professional driver's license.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Apr 16, 2012
Listed
Apr 29, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Aug 15, 2012