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A loan of $1,075 helped purchase cloth and supplies.

Maria Marlene's story

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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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kristin Connor

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