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Pastora
Pastora is 50 years old. She has been working since she was a girl as she could not continue her education after primary school. She married young and had five children, all of whom are now independent adults. Over time, Pastora's marriage deteriorated and there was little else to do but divorce. This was a very low point in Pastora's life as she had to resign herself to spending the rest of her life alone. However, having started at zero, her children supported her and she decided to try to move ahead in life and enjoy herself. She now lives in the Valle Hermoso parish in the Santo Domingo district of Ecuador. Valle Hermoso is a rural parish with around 10,000 inhabitants. It is here that extreme sports fans come to enjoy the waterfalls and rivers that are the perfect natural resource for them. The climate is warm and the inhabitants have an impressive enterprising spirit, just like Pastora, who has been making a living raising cattle that she later sells on for the last two years. Pastora tends to her cattle every day, washing and feeding them so that they do not become ill and can be sold for a good price. A lack of capital has been her biggest problem, as she only normally has around two cows. Now, thanks to Fundación Alternativa and Kiva, she will be able to take out a loan financed by various people around the world who believe in her. Pastora is very grateful to these people as, with this loan, she will be able to buy more cows and so see some growth in her business and she will be able to sell at the market more regularly.
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Pastora es una mujer de 50 años, desde niña fue trabajadora, sin poder continuar con sus estudios, terminó la escuela primaria. Se casó muy joven, matrimonio del cual tuvo 5 hijos que ahora ya no dependen de ella, pues todos son mayores de edad e independientes. Al pasar el tiempo su matrimonio se deterioró y no hubo más salida que el divorcio, situación que causó un bajón muy grande en la vida de Pastora porque tenía que resignarse a pasar el resto de su vida sola. Sin embargo, esta mujer comenzó desde cero y con el apoyo de sus hijos decidió salir adelante trabajando, y disfrutando su vida. Ahora vive en la Parroquia Valle Hermoso del cantón Santo Domingo en Ecuador. Valle Hermoso es una parroquia rural en donde hay aproximadamente diez mil habitantes, es el escenario para los amantes de los deportes extremos, pues sus cascadas y ríos son los recursos naturales más adecuados para esto. Es un sitio con clima cálido y sus habitantes tienen un espíritu emprendedor impresionante como es el caso de Pastora que desde hace 2 años se dedicó a la crianza de ganado vacuno para la posterior venta. Esta mujer atiende todos los días a las vacas aseándolas y alimentándolas para que no presenten enfermedades y puedan ser vendidas a buen precio. La falta de capital ha sido su mayor obstáculo para que su negocio gire alrededor solo de un par de vacas. Ahora gracias a Fundación Alternativa y la intervención de Kiva podrá obtener un préstamo financiado por varias personas alrededor del mundo que creen en ella y con quienes Pastora está muy gradecida, pues cuenta que con este préstamo comprará más vacas para así tener un crecimiento con su negocio y poder ofertar más seguido en el mercado de animales.

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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
  • 11
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    Ecuador Loans Fundraising
  • $22,524,675
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $875 helped Pastora to buy cows to raise and later sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Mar 14, 2013
Listed
Mar 24, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Mar 17, 2014