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Marco Patricio
Marco is 25 years old and was born in the Amazon rain forest in Ecuador. Here, there are very few opportunities to study and Marco barely finished primary school, though there he did learn the basic skills that help him in his life as a businessman. Marco currently lives in Pastaza, one of the cantons of the Pastaza province. This is part of the Amazon Region in the Republic of Ecuador. The capital of the canton is the city of Puyo, which is in the middle of the Amazon rain forest, in the west of the Pastaza province and at 924 metres above sea level. The area is not hugely populated but there are a number of sites that are enjoyed by both domestic and international tourists, particularly in ecological and extreme sports tourism. This is a city whose economy is growing every day in various business sectors, including cattle raising, agriculture and tourism. Financial and commercial businesses have set up branch offices here in order to take advantage of the lively economy that the city has. In every business, you can find people who do not give up even in face of a lack of jobs. Instead of giving up, people create their own businesses in order to have a decent life and make their dreams a reality.
Marco is enterprising and has always worked well in business. Five years ago he decided to invest in a children’s bouncy castle and he rents it out for specific time periods in the main squares and parks. He sets-up there hoping to earn a living. Marco spends ten hours each day preparing, cleaning, maintaining and travelling to and from children’s parks where there is demand for the bouncy castle. Marco was taught how to set up and run this business by one of his brothers-in-law.
Marco has looked at the possibility of offering other products to sell while children are playing. Among these products he has found he could sell sweets, apples, chewing gum, chocolates and such like. By doing this his income would increase and he would be able to improve his quality of life. In order to turn this idea into a reality, Marco is applying for a loan to invest exclusively in his business – to look after and expand it. So, he encourages all those around the world who would like to be a part of his dream to participate and he thanks “Fundación Alternativa” who are working to improve their borrowers quality of life. They have opened doors for microfinance projects to develop and grow.
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Marco es un hombre de 25 años, nació en una zona selvática de la Amazonía ecuatoriana, en donde las oportunidades de estudiar eran escasas, por lo que apenas terminó la escuela primaria, adquiriendo los conocimientos básicos que lo ayudarían a lo largo de su vida de comerciante. Actualmente vive 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.
Marco es un hombre emprendedor siempre se ha desempeñado muy bien en el campo comercial, hace 5 años decidió invertir en la compra de un juego inflable a motor que entretiene a los niños y lo alquila por tiempos determinados en las plazas y parques donde se ubica con la esperanza de conseguir el sustento diario. Invierte 10 horas cada día en la preparación, limpieza, mantenimiento y recorrido de parques infantiles en donde encuentra demanda del juego. Esta actividad se la enseñó un cuñado quien lo guió para la compra y administración del negocio.
Marco ha estudiado la posibilidad de ofrecer otros productos mientras transcurren los periodos en los cuales los niños están jugando, entre estos productos ha visto la factibilidad de vender dulces, manzanas, caramelos, chicles, chocolates, etc., con lo cual sus ingresos aumentarán y de este modo él podrá mejorar su calidad. Para poder hacer realidad este paso de emprendimiento, Marco solicita un préstamo que lo invertirá exclusivamente en su negocio, mantenimiento y ampliación, por lo cual motiva a todas aquellas personas alrededor del mundo que quieran ser parte de este sueño a aportar con su emprendimiento y agradece a Fundación Alternativa quienes en busca de mejorar la calidad de vida de sus clientes, han abierto las puertas a la microempresa para desarrollarse y crecer.

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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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  • $10,600
    Average annual income
  • 96
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  • $24,104,800
    Funds lent in using Kiva
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,100 helped Marco Patricio to invest in selling sweets at his stall.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
May 21, 2013
Listed
May 29, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
May 17, 2014