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Elvira Leopoldina
Elvira is a 39-year-old woman. The difficult circumstances of her home did not allow her to complete her education so she only finished primary school. She got married at a very young age to José, 33, who works as a construction worker. They have a child whom they hope to provide with an excellent and worthy education.

They live in Pastaza, a canton located in the province of the same name belonging to the Amazon region of the Republic of Ecuador. The main city of the canton is Puyo, a city located in the middle of the Amazon jungle to the west of the Pastaza province and at an altitude of 924 meters above sea level. It is demographically small, but it has a great variety of sites preferred by both national and international tourists, especially for their ecological activities and extreme sports. It is a city that grows economically every day through its activities of trade, ranching, farming, and tourism, for which financial and commercial companies have established local branches hoping to make use of the economic activity that this small city maintains. In every business, one can find people who have not given up when confronted with the lack of employment, but rather who have set forth with their ideas of business in order to live worthy lives and accomplish their dreams.

Elvira has been devoted to the domestic work of her household, but in the view of necessity and daily-increasing expenses, for 2 years now she has decided to contribute to the maintenance of her home. She undertook the raising of chickens and roosters to then later sell, an activity that she learned from a relative who trained her in the requirements of breeding such as the feeding, cleaning, providing care, etc. Presently, Elvria has learned very much about her business, into which she invests 8 to 10 hours daily, alternating with the domestic work of her home and the care of her child. She is an example of effort and endeavor, since now she will take the next step to grow her business by increasing her breeding grounds and buying more chickens. She is applying for this loan so that she will be able to fulfill this goal since she had not done it before because of a lack of funding and the difficulties of obtaining it. Now, she turned to Fundación Alternativa, who--with the participation of Kiva--have offered her more flexibility and ease in obtaining this loan. She is grateful for the support, and also, for the personalized advice that she has received in order to go forward with her business and fulfill her goal of increasing her income in order to improve her quality of life, and in that way, be able to provide her child with the education that she herself did not have the opportunity to attain.
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Elvira es una mujer de 39 años, las difíciles circunstancias en su hogar no permitieron que termine de educarse por lo que sólo terminó la escuela primaria. Se casó desde muy joven con José de 33 años quien trabaja como albañil y tienen un hijo a quien esperan darle una educación digna y de excelencia. Viven en Pastaza, un cantón ubicado en la Provincia con el mismo nombre, perteneciente a la Región Amazónica de la República del Ecuador. La cabecera cantonal es la ciudad del Puyo una ciudad ubicada en medio de la selva amazónica al occidente de la provincia de Pastaza y a 924 m. sobre el nivel del mar. Es demográficamente pequeña pero tiene una gran variedad de sitios que son los preferidos para turistas nacionales e internacionales sobre todo los de actividades ecológicas y de deportes extremos. Una ciudad que crece económicamente cada día por las actividades de comercio, ganadería, agricultura y turismo, por lo que en ella se han establecido sucursales de empresas financieras y comerciales que pretenden aprovechar la actividad económica que mantiene esta pequeña ciudad. En cada negocio se encuentra personas que no se han dado por vencidas frente a la falta de empleo sino que han emprendido con sus ideas de negocio para llevar una vida digna y hacer realidad sus sueños.
Elvira se ha dedicado a los quehaceres de su hogar, pero en vista de la necesidad y de que los gastos cada vez son mayores, decidió desde hace 2 años aportar a la manutención del hogar, por lo cual emprendió en la actividad de crianza de pollos y gallinas para su posterior venta, actividad que aprendió de un pariente quien le capacitó en lo requerido para criaderos, alimentación, aseo, cuidado, etc. Ahora Elvira ha aprendido mucho en su trabajo en el cual invierte desde 8 a 10 horas diarias, alternando con las actividades en su hogar y el cuidado de su hijo. Ella es un ejemplo de esfuerzo y emprendimiento, pues ahora dará el siguiente paso para dar crecimiento a su negocio, ampliando los criaderos y además comprando más pollos, para lo cual solicita un préstamo con el que podrá cumplir esta meta, pues no lo había hecho antes por la falta de capital y por la dificultad y obstáculos para obtenerlo. Ahora acudió a Fundación Alternativa en donde con la intervención de Kiva le han podido brindar agilidad y facilidades para obtener este crédito, por lo cual está agradecida por el apoyo y además por la asesoría personalizada que ha recibido para sacar adelante su negocio y cumplir su objetivo de incrementar sus ingresos para mejorar su calidad de vida y así poder brindar a su hijo la educación que ella no tuvo la oportunidad de tener.

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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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  • $10,200
    Average annual income
  • 14
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  • $22,516,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,600 helped Elvira Leopoldina to construct larger chicken coops and buy chickens.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Dec 17, 2012
Listed
Jan 15, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Jan 18, 2014