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Maria Marlene
María is a hard working woman of 39 years, she finished primary school, and is now separated from her boyfriend and has two adult children who live independently from her as well as one small child who lives with her in Atatunaqai, a city in the province of Imababura in the north of Ecuador. Atatunqai is place that enjoys many historic sites to offer the people who visit it, as well as its delicious gastronomic tradition that is a favorite for many in the country. Another activity that is well known is textiles, as the development of industrial and artisan clothing has become an economic activity that supports a sustained growth in the city and the clothing articles are preferred because of their quality and designs. The city has an agreeable climate that is dry and cloudy, which helps maintain fertile lands and is perfect for the cultivation of cereals and legumes.
María makes her money by making clothing for children-boys and girls, a skill she learned in previous jobs in important textile factories. Two years ago she decided to start and invest in her own business, where she works 8 hours a day, including Saturdays, and where she receives help from her two adult children. She is applying for a loan from Fundación Alternativa, which she will use to purchase materials and supplies in order to make more clothing, This hard working woman wants to take advantage of the talent she has and be able to improve her earnings and be able to give her children the benefits and education that she dreams of. María is grateful to Fundación Alternativa for the support she receives with the overarching goal of the organization of reducing poverty in her country.
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María es una mujer trabajadora de 39 años cursó estudios de nivel primario, está separada de su pareja y tiene dos hijos adultos que viven de manera independiente y un hijo pequeño con quien ella vive en Atuntaqui una ciudad de la provincia de Imbabura en el norte del Ecuador. Atuntaqui es un lugar que goza de muchos lugares históricos que ofrecer a quienes le visitan además de una deliciosa gastronomía que es la favorita de muchos en el país. otra actividad que es muy conocida en este cantón es la textil, pues el diseño de ropa industrial y artesanal se ha convertido en una actividad que aporta al crecimiento sostenido de la ciudad por lo que las prendas elaboradas son preferidas por su diferente calidad y diseños. Cuenta con un clima agradable que es seco y templado lo que ayuda mantener sus tierras fértiles y por lo tanto aptas para el cultivo de cereales y legumbres.
María obtiene sus ingresos económicos gracias a la confección de ropa para niños y niñas, la cual aprendió en sus trabajos anteriores en fábricas textiles importantes. Hace 2 años decidió independizarse y emprender con su propio negocio de confección al cual le dedica al menos 8 horas diarias incluidos los sábados en donde recibe eventualmente la ayuda de sus dos hijos adultos. Solicitó un préstamo en Fundación Alternativa con el cual ella podrá comprar materiales e insumos y así poder confeccionar más ropa ya que esta señora trabajadora y aprovechar la experiencia en confección que ella posee y de esta manera mejorar sus ingresos para brindar a su hijo los beneficios y educación que ella sueña. María agradece a Fundación Alternativa el apoyo que brinda a los emprendedores con el fin de disminuir la pobreza que existe en el país.

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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

  • $10,600
    Average annual income
  • 45
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    Ecuador Loans Fundraising
  • $24,295,300
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,075 helped Maria Marlene purchase cloth and supplies.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Aug 20, 2012
Listed
Sep 22, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Dec 19, 2013