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Franklin  Marcelo
Franklin is a 34 year old man, he studied through elementary school. He lives with his wife, with whom he has one daughter, Kamila, who is 4 years old. They live together in a rural parish of the city of Quito, the capital province of Ecuador. The parish is called Nanegalito, and is located north-west of the province of Pichincha, which was once home to an indigenous Ecuadorian culture. It is a place full of diverse flora and fauna, and also has rivers and waterfalls, which are sources of crystal clear water, that attract national and foreign tourists alike. For this reason the locals make the most of the opportunity by offering tours, home stays, meals, natural sports like horseback riding, etc. Another source of income generation for the area is livestock, with the production of milk and meat, as well as agriculture with the production of sugar cane, yucca, bamboo, corn, oranges, mandarins and papayas. Artisan work done by hand is also an opportunity for business in this area, in particular things made with natural products, like seeds found in the forest, are in demand.

The local authorities have been concerned with providing adequate facilities for the more than 3,000 people who live here, to be able to have access to basic services. Even though in the past it was an area that was not paid much attention to, now the hard work that the community members have put in has attracted the interest of investors and business people.

Franklin began learning how to take care of animals when he was a child. His parents taught him with their own experience, and Franklin has been involved in this type of business since he was 10 years old. He takes care of animals and their living space so that he can later sell them in the local market. Each day Franklin dedicates 10 hours to his business, and sometimes more. The most important thing is that during these years he has been able to support his family and he has also been able to continue learning which has allowed him to keep up with the competition. Now he has decided to take a big step in increasing his business, which is why he has turned to Fundación Alternativa, so that through Kiva they can grant him a loan, with which he will be able to buy more animals and supplies to be able to take care of them. The increase in income will help Franklin be able to give to his family a better quality of life.
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Franklin es un hombre de 34 años, estudió la escuela primaria y vive con su pareja Vilma de 30 años, tienen una hija, Kamila de 4 años. Juntos viven en una parroquia rural de la ciudad de Quito capital de la provincia del Ecuador, su nombre es Nanegalito, parroquia ubicada al noroccidente de la Provincia de Pichincha, que fue residencia de una cultura ecuatoriana. Es un lugar poseedor de diversidad de flora y fauna y además ríos y cascadas que son una fuente cristalina que atrae turistas nacionales y extranjeros, por lo que sus habitantes aprovechan la oportunidad para ofrecer tours, servicio de hospedaje, alimentación, deportes naturales como cabalgatas, etc. Otro medio de producción de la zona es la ganadería con la producción de leche y carne y también la agricultura con la producción de caña de azúcar, yuca, caña, maíz, naranjas, mandarinas y papayas. Las artesanías elaboradas a mano también son una oportunidad de negocio en el lugar, que son demandadas por el uso particular de materiales naturales como semillas del bosque. Por todo esto las autoridades locales se han preocupado por hacer instalaciones adecuadas para que todos sus más de 3000 habitantes tengan acceso a los servicios básicos. Aunque fue una zona que en el pasado no fue muy tomada en cuenta, ahora el trabajo arduo de sus habitantes ha hecho que inversionistas y comerciantes pongan toda su atención en este lugar.
Franklin aprendió desde niño a criar animales, sus padres le enseñaron con su experiencia y Franklin incursionó en este negocio desde hace 10 años, el cuida a los animales y su hábitat para luego comercializarlos en el mercado local. En el transcurso de cada día Franklin dedica 10 horas a su negocio, otras veces más, pero lo importante es que en estos años de experiencia ha podido sustentar a su familia y también aprender más para poder enfrentar la competencia. Ahora ha decidido dar un gran paso de incrementar su negocio, para lo cual ha recurrido a Fundación Alternativa para que a través de Kiva le puedan otorgar un préstamo con el que pueda comprar más animales e insumos para el cuidado de éstos. El incremento en ingresos ayudará a que Franklin pueda darle a su familia una buena calidad de vida.

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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
  • 70
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    Ecuador Loans Fundraising
  • $24,577,575
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,625 helped Franklin Marcelo to buy cattle and supplies for breeding.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
17 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 11, 2012
Nov 13, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 21, 2014