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Carlos Orlando
Carlos, 36, is a single man. Thanks to his parents' efforts he was able to finish elementary school, but then their lack of financial resources sent him to work at a young age so he could support his needs. Despite having a job that demands a lot of time and effort, he hasn't neglected raising and supporting his young son who currently is two years old and who, due to adverse circumstances, was abandoned by his mother.

Now Carlos lives with his son in Pacto, a parish in Quito Canton in the province of Pichincha in the Republic of Ecuador. Pacto is located in the northwest of the Quito Metropolitan District. Its history began in the pre-Inca period and its name comes from pacts made between important political parties. With regard to its economy, it's an agricultural and livestock area because of its climate and geography. This also affects the harvests, which produce coastal as well as highland crops. The people there live every day from these activities; although it's far from the city, there are families that have undertaken every type of work to cover their necessities and those of their community.

Carlos inherited his parents' ability to make bricks of brown sugar, a sweetener that replaces sugar but in a more natural and healthy form that uses sugar cane as its raw material and that also has vitamins. Carlos spends eight or ten hours a day on this job in addition to the household activities, including caring for his young child. With the experience he has acquired over the years and the growth in the sugar cane industry in the last few years, he feels ready for growth.

This is why Carlos is requesting a loan to buy sugar cane seeds and other implements that will increase his production so he can improve his lifestyle and his son's. He wants to give his son the education that he himself didn't have to opportunity to get in his youth.

Also, Carlos would like to buy himself a vehicle in the future so he can reach more customers who request his product.

Carlos is grateful to Fundación Alternativa in Ecuador and to Kiva for making possible his business growth and personal growth.
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Carlos es un hombre de 36 años, soltero, gracias al esfuerzo de sus padres logró terminar la escuela primaria y luego la falta de recursos económicos lo llevó a trabajar desde muy chico para poder sustentar sus necesidades. A pesar de tener un trabajo que le demanda mucho tiempo y esfuerzo, él no se negó a educar y mantener a su pequeño hijo que en la actualidad tiene 2 años de edad y que por circunstancias adversas sufrió el abandono de su madre. Ahora Carlos vive con su hijo en el Pacto una parroquia del Cantón Quito ubicado en la Provincia de Pichincha en la República del Ecuador. Pacto está ubicado en el noroccidente del Distrito Metropolitano de Quito, su historia inicia en la época preincaica y su nombre se deriva de acuerdos realizados entre partidos políticos importantes. En cuanto a su economía, es una zona agrícola y ganadera, debido a su situación climática y geográfica, lo cual también produce efecto en las cosechas de las cuales se obtiene productos de la Región Costa como de la Región Sierra. Su gente vive al día a día de estas actividades, aunque es un lugar alejado de la ciudad, existen familias que han emprendido en todo tipo de actividades para cubrir sus necesidades y las de su comunidad.
Carlos heredó de sus padres la habilidad para elaborar los ladrillos de panela, un producto utilizado para endulzar en reemplazo del azúcar pero de forma más natural y saludable que utiliza como materia prima la caña de azúcar y que además aporta vitaminas al organismo. Carlos dedica a esta actividad desde 8 a 10 horas cada día paralelamente con las actividades del hogar que incluyen el cuidado de su pequeño hijo. Carlos con la experiencia que ha adquirido a través de los años y experimentando el crecimiento que ha tenido la industria de la caña de azúcar y sus derivados en los últimos años, se siente preparado para dar un paso de crecimiento para lo cual solicita un crédito que lo utilizará en la compra de semillas de caña de azúcar y otros implementos que harán que su producción aumente para que Carlos pueda mejorar sus estilo de vida y el de su hijo, dándole la educación que él no tuvo la oportunidad de obtener en su juventud. Además a Carlos le gustaría en el futuro comprarse un vehículo que le permita llegar a más clientes que demandan el producto. Carlos agradece a Fundación Alternativa en Ecuador y a Kiva por hacer posible el crecimiento en su vida laboral y personal.

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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
  • 102
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  • $24,134,300
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,075 helped Carlos Orlando to buy sugar cane seeds and supplies to make brown sugar.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Nov 26, 2012
Listed
Dec 26, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Sep 17, 2013