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Cruz Del Pilar
Cruz del Pilar lives with her husband and two children in Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, located between the Ecuadorian coast and highlands. Santo Domingo has a humid tropical climate with an average temperature of 25.5°C. The city is the junction of various highways that pass through important cities such as Quito, Cuenca, and Esmeraldas, making Santo Domingo a key point for Ecuadorian trade. What's more, the city holds the majority of the country's livestock market. Santo Domingo is the home of the Tsáchilas, an ethnic group that maintains the language, clothing, and other traditions since before the colonial period.

Cruz de Pilar is 57 years old and has cocoa planting business that she started 5 years ago. In spite of the long hours that she works and the help of her husband, her income is not sufficient to maintain two children, one of whom already attends school. Cruz de Pilar has a lot of experience on the topic, and still has faith that if she invests money and works hard her business will succeed. As a result, Cruz del Pilar is asking Kiva for a loan to be able to enlarge her plantation and produce more cocoa, increasing her sales and, as a result, her income. Cruz del Pilar knows that it won't be easy, but she wants to fight and succeed with her business for her two small children.
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Cruz del Pilar vive con su esposo y dos hijos en Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas , ubicada entre la Sierra y Costa ecuatoriana. Santo Domingo cuenta con un clima tropical húmedo con una temperatura promedio de 25.5°C. La ciudad es el enlace de varias carreteras que pases por ciudades importantes tales como Quito, Cuenca y Esmeraldas haciendo de Santo Domingo un punto clave del comercio ecuatoriano. Es más, la ciudad abarca la mayoría del mercado ganadero del país. Santo Domingo es el hogar del los Tsáchilas, un grupo étnico que mantiene el idioma, vestuario, entre otras tradiciones desde antes de la época colonial.

Cruz del Pilar tiene 57 años y tiene un negocio de plantación de cacao que empezó hace 5 años. A pesar de las largas horas de trabajo que le pone al trabajo y la ayuda de su esposo, los ingresos no son suficientes para mantener a sus dos hijos, uno ya asiste a la escuela. Cruz del pilar tiene mucha experiencia en el tema, y tiene fe de que si invierte dinero y trabaja fuerte su negocio podrá salir adelante. Por lo tanto, Cruz del Pilar solicita a Kiva un préstamo para poder agrandar sus plantaciones y producir más cacao incrementado sus ventas y por lo tanto sus ingresos. Cruz del Pilar sabe que no va a ser fácil, pero ella quiere luchar y sacar su negocio adelante por sus dos hijos pequeños.

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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
  • 104
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    Ecuador Loans Fundraising
  • $24,223,100
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,075 helped Cruz Del Pilar para comprar semillas y fertilizantes.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jun 20, 2012
Listed
Jul 25, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Aug 17, 2013