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Leonel Benigno
Leonel is a man who was born in the warm part of Ecuador, in the town of Los Bancos, where he spent his childhood and, thanks to the effort of his parents, was able to complete primary school. He worked with his parents since he was very young, and he married, forming a household with two children, who are now attending a public school. With time, things did not go as he hoped, and he made the decision to separate from his wife. It was a very hard time for him and his family. In any case, it was overcome, and Leonel continued working so that his children would not lack for anything. Now Leonel lives in the Rio Verde parish, a historic part of Santo Domingo, the capital of the province of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, a province of Ecuador that in recent years has had high sustained growth. Its capital is a city whose most attractive and eye-catching features are its delicious fruits and the gastronomy that is offered there. It also has considerable commerce, since it has become a terrestrial "port" for commercial exchange between the mountain and coastal regions of the country. In addition, it has various tourist attractions, which, accompanied by its warm climate, are much visited by national and foreign tourists. It is for this reason that the majority of its inhabitants have undertaken some commercial activity or service for local residents and tourists.

Leonel had relatives who had always worked in the wholesale distribution of rice to the stores, micro-markets, and warehouses both within and outside of the city. Leonel continued their example and has been working in this business for five years. He goes through the city and its outskirts offering his product and taking orders from his frequent customers. In the space in his rented house that he designated for his business, Leonel receives the product by the hundredweight and prepares it to go out through the city delivering it and also charging the customers. Leonel dreams of having his own house where he could build a warehouse for rice and some additional foodstuffs and thus be able to grow and give an example to other people. To achieve this dream, Leonel has proposed increasing his sales and creating some savings with the extra money that he receives. To do this, Leonel is applying for a loan that will be used 100% to place larger orders and to be able to meet the demands of his customers.

Leonel thanks those who through Kiva and Fundación Alternativa help him to finance his dreams and thus to be able to continue with the support of his children and some day see them become adults with excellent careers.
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Leonel es un hombre que nació en una zona cálida del Ecuador, en el pueblo de los Bancos, en donde vivió su infancia y gracias al esfuerzo de sus padres pudo terminar la escuela primaria. Trabajó con sus padres desde muy joven y se casó formando un hogar con dos hijos que actualmente se encuentran estudiando en una escuela pública. Con el tiempo las cosas no salieron como esperaba y tomó la decisión de separarse de su esposa. Fue un tiempo muy duro para él y su familia, de todas formas, fue superado y Leonel siguió trabajando para que a sus hijos no les falte nada. Ahora Leonel vive en la Parroquia de Río Verde, un lugar histórico de Santo Domingo, la capital de la Provincia de Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, una provincia de Ecuador que en los últimos años ha tenido un alto crecimiento sostenido. Su capital es una ciudad en donde lo más atractivo y llamativo son sus deliciosas frutas, y la gastronomía que ofrecen en el lugar. También cuenta con un comercio considerable ya que se ha convertido en un puerto terrestre de intercambio comercial entre las regiones Sierra y Costa del país. Además cuenta con varios atractivos turísticos que acompañados de su clima cálido son muy concurridos por turistas nacionales y extranjeros. Es por esto que la mayoría de sus habitantes han emprendido con alguna actividad comercial o de servicios para habitantes y turistas.
Leonel tuvo familiares que se han dedicado desde siempre a la distribución de arroz al por mayor a las tiendas, micromercados y depósitos tanto dentro como fuera de la ciudad. Leonel siguió el ejemplo de ellos y se dedica a esta actividad desde hace 5 años. Él se encarga de recorrer la ciudad y las afueras ofreciendo el producto y tomando pedidos de sus clientes frecuentes. En el espacio de la casa que arrienda y que lo ha destinado al negocio, Leonel recibe el producto en los quintales y los prepara para salir a recorrer la ciudad entregando el producto y además cobrando a sus clientes. Leonel sueña con tener su propia casa en donde pueda construir un depósito de arroz con algunos víveres adicionales y así poder crecer y dar empleo a otras personas. Para lograr este sueño Leonel se ha propuesto incrementar sus ventas y crear un ahorro con el dinero extra que reciba, para esto Leonel solicita un préstamo el cual será utilizado 100% para hacer pedidos más grandes y poder atender las demanda de sus clientes. Leonel les agradece a todos quienes a través de Kiva y Fundación Alternativa le ayudan a financiar sus sueños y así poder continuar con la manutención de sus hijos y poderlos ver convertidos en profesionales de excelencia algún día.

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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

  • $10,200
    Average annual income
  • 16
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    Ecuador Loans Fundraising
  • $22,607,425
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,450 helped Leonel Benigno to buy greater quantities of rice and be able to save to have his own warehouse.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
9 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jan 31, 2013
Listed
Feb 25, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Jul 20, 2013