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Carlos Alfonso
Carlos has lived for a number of years in San Buenaventura, an urban parish in the city of Latacunga, located in Cotopaxi province, Ecuador. This parish is named after the patron Saint Dr. San Buenaventura, a person who, according to popular beliefs, accomplished many miracles for the inhabitants of this area. This is also the place where Carlos, for 2 years, has offered his musical art, whether it is through performances with his guitar in a crowded corner of the city, or through his magical performances on the violin or electric piano at a party where he has been hired to play.

In San Buenaventura parish, and in the region as a whole, the people have a strong attachment to the musical arts. Thanks to this, Carlos developed his love of music ever since he was a schoolboy, and he decided to delight people with this art.

This is the first time that Carlos has requested a loan from Kiva. He will use the loan to acquire some speakers, or amplification, which will allow him to improve the quality of music that he can offer in the parties and houses where he is hired. He knows that, in spite of working about 12 hours a day, he always needs to provide better service. For this reason he is always working hard and exerting himself to excel, and allocating time between his work and his studies.

His dream is to have a well-equipped musical group, but he knows that in order to do this, he must take the first step. He will do this with the money that Kiva is providing him.

Carlos' next step will be to obtain a higher income that will allow him to help his family financially.
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Carlos vive hace algunos años en San Buenaventura, una parroquia urbana de la ciudad de Latacunga, ubicada en la Provincia del Cotopaxi – Ecuador; esta parroquia debe su nombre a su patrono el Dr. San Buenaventura, personaje que según la creencia popular ha realizado muchos milagros a los habitantes de la zona. Es en este sitio donde Carlos, desde hace dos años, ofrece su arte musical, ya sea a través de interpretaciones con su guitarra en alguna concurrida esquina de la urbe, o a través de mágicas interpretaciones con su violín o piano eléctrico en alguna fiesta donde haya sido contratado.

La parroquia de San Buenavetura y toda la provincia en sí, tienen mucho apego a las artes musicales, es gracias a esto que Carlos desarrolló su gusto hacia la música desde su época en el colegio y decidió deleitar con este arte a las personas.

Carlos solicita por primera vez un crédito a Kiva para adquirir unos parlantes o amplificación que le permitan mejorar el servicio musical que ofrece en las fiestas y en las casas que lo contratan. El sabe que a pesar de trabajar cerca de 12 horas al día, siempre es necesario brindar un mejor servicio y por eso siempre está superándose, esforzándose y distribuyendo el tiempo de trabajo con sus estudios.

Su sueño es tener un grupo musical muy bien equipado, pero sabe que para lograrlo debe dar un primer paso y esto lo conseguirá con el dinero que Kiva le entrega.

El siguiente paso para Carlos es obtener un mayor ingreso que permita ayudar económicamente 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.

About Ecuador

  • $10,200
    Average annual income
  • 98
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    Ecuador Loans Fundraising
  • $23,946,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,075 helped Carlos Alfonso to buy sound equipment for his musical performance business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jun 13, 2012
Listed
Jun 24, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Mar 15, 2013