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Blanca Patricia
Puerto Quito is a city and urban parish in Pichincha Province, Ecuador. The city is in the process of growth resulting from ecotourism in the area. The main attraction is "La Cascada Azul" (The Blue Waterfall), which is located 140 kilometers from the capital of Quito.


Despite its geographical location in the Ecuadorian mountains, Puerto Quito experiences weather that is very similar to that along the coast. Since it is located in a tropical rain forest, the highest temperatures in the province reach approximately 25°C. The temperature and the atmospheric conditions provide a suitable environment for the cultivation of tropical products.


Patricia decided to grow cacao since it is a tradition that was passed on to her by her father. For the past four years, she and her husband have managed a plantation where they grow and harvest cacao. This 25-year-old entrepreneur strives each day to move her family forward. She lives with her two-year-old son and her husband Ángel, age 28, who helps each day with the work around their plantation. Patricia spends around six hours each day looking after her cacao plants. After her work day is finished, she focuses on taking care of her family. She enjoys spending time with them and sharing unforgettable moments. Her plantation is located almost 10 minutes from her house, so it is easy for her to get to work. The most difficult part of the production process is the fumigation of the plants. Not only is the cost of the supplies she uses expensive, but so are the costs of labor and providing transportation around the plantation.


Patricia hopes to increase the production on her property by purchasing more seeds and fertilizers in order to generate more income. She dreams of having a better quality of life and providing the best for her family.

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Puerto Quito es una ciudad y parroquia urbana en la provincia de Pichincha, en Ecuador. La ciudad se encuentra en un proceso de crecimiento debido al del ecoturismo en la zona, la principal atracción es la “La Cascada Azul”. Se encuentra a 140 km de Quito, la capital.
A pesar de pertenecer geográficamente a la sierra ecuatoriana, el clima de Puerto Quito y su geografía es más similar a la costanera. Al estar ubicada en el bosque tropical ecuatoriano, registra las más altas temperaturas de la provincia, alrededor de 25°C; ya que la temperatura y las condiciones atmosféricas se prestan para que la agricultura se centre en productos tropicales Patricia decidió dedicarse al cultivo de cacao, la herencia que su padre le dejó.
Desde hace 4 años Patricia junto con su esposo se dedican a la plantación, crecimiento y recolección del cacao. Esta emprendedora de 25 años lucha cada día por sacar a su familia adelante, ella vive con su pequeño hijo de 2 años y su esposo Ángel de 28 quien le ayuda diariamente en la plantación.
Se dedican al cacao alrededor de 6 horas diarias, después de cada jornada Patricia se centra en el cuidado de su familia, disfruta el salir a pasear con ellos y compartir momentos inolvidables. Su plantación queda a casi 10 minutos de su casa, lo que facilita de cierta manera el transporte hacia su trabajo.
Lo más difícil en cuanto al cuidado de la producción es lo que corresponde a la fumigación de las plantas. No sólo por el costo del producto que utilizan, sino por la movilidad dentro de la plantación y la mano de obra. Lo que Patricia espera es poder aumentar la producción de su propiedad comprando más semilla y fertilizantes y así tener más ingresos. Ella sueña con tener una mejor calidad de vida y darle lo mejor a su familia.

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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.

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  • $10,600
    Average annual income
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  • $24,303,300
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,075 helped Blanca Patricia to buy seeds and fertilizers.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
May 30, 2012
Listed
Jun 20, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Jul 20, 2013