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Adriana Celene
Adriana is a very young woman, 18 years old. Her greatest wish is to graduate high school, and she is proud to say she has had her family's full support until now. Nevertheless, she started to work in order to pay for her studies out of her own pocket, in order to finish the last year of high school and obtain the international diploma she has studied for. She refuses to admit defeat in the face of adversity, which is why, at great personal risk, she travels to the centre of the city to do her homework on a computer in a cybercafé. Adriana lives in a remote village called Salcedo, located in Oriente de Cotopaxi Province, one of the most important provinces in the Ecuadorian mountains. This village attracts tourists with its lagoons and other bodies of water, suited for tourists looking for a thrill and extreme sports. However, agriculture, followed by animal husbandry, are still the main economic resources of the village. Despite the presence of a functioning economy, it is a very poor village, with worrying statistics of illiteracy and poverty, because many basic necessities are unevenly distributed. For instance, only 25% of homes are connected to the sewer system. Adriana's sister is a certified seamstress, and she taught Adriana how to mend as well as how to make casual clothes. Adriana does many such mendings in a day, since she works at her sewing machine two hours a day and twelve on Sundays. During school holidays, she works a bit more during the week, in order to increase her income. This enterprising and brave young woman asks for a loan that she will use to buy a computer, so as to have access in her own home to the technology she needs to complete her school assignments. This way, she will be able to save money on transportation and on cybercafé and printing fees. Moreover, she is safer at home, and she plans to devote the time she spent commuting to sewing more. Adriana thanks field partner Fundación Alternativa for believing in her and in her dreams, for without the field partner, she would not have been able to finance her purchase. She also thanks Kiva lenders, who help her event though they have never met her, a feat of generosity she treasures.
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Adriana es una mujer joven de 18 años, recibió apoyo de su familia para llegar al quinto año de bachillerato cuando su mayor anhelo era terminar la secundaria, por lo que empezó a trabajar para poder pagarse los estudios con sus propios recursos, y así en poco tiempo poder obtener su bachillerato internacional para el cual está estudiando sin darse por vencida ante las adversidades, pues muchas veces se juega su propia seguridad al trasladarse al centro de la ciudad buscando un centro de cómputo para realizar sus tareas. Adriana vive en una parroquia alejada del pueblo de Salcedo ubicado en la parte Oriente de Cotopaxi una de las provincias más importantes de la Sierra ecuatoriana. En Salcedo existen varios atractivos turísticos como lagunas y balnearios que ofrecen deportes extremos para sus turistas aventureros, sin embargo la principal actividad que desarrollan en este pueblo es la agricultura y en menor cuantía la ganadería. A pesar de estas actividades productivas, hay índices muy preocupantes de analfabetismo y de pobreza por necesidades básicas insatisfechas como por ejemplo el servicio de alcantarillado que solo lo tienen el 25% de los hogares.
La hermana de Adriana es costurera titulada y le enseñó a Adriana la actividad de arreglar y confeccionar ropa casual. Adriana realiza varios arreglos en el día, pues dedica en la semana 2 horas para terminar trabajos pendientes y los domingos pasa 12 horas en su máquina para dejar todos los trabajos pendientes listos. En temporada de vacaciones ella trabaja más días en la semana, mejorando así sus ingresos. Esta jovencita emprendedora y luchadora solicita un préstamo que lo utilizará en la compra de un computador para así poder tener en su casa acceso a la tecnología para realizar sus tareas y de este modo ahorrar en trasporte, impresiones y alquiler que pagaba en los diferentes centros de cómputo. Además estará más segura en casa y el tiempo que le tomaba en transportarse, ella lo podrá invertir en realizar más trabajos de costura.
Adriana agradece a Fundación Alternativa por creer en ella y en sus sueños, pues si no le abrían las puertas, ella no tenía la oportunidad de conseguir financiamiento para su computador y también agradece a los inversionistas que a través de Kiva le ayudarán aun sin conocerla, esto es muy valioso para ella.

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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
  • 59
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    Ecuador Loans Fundraising
  • $23,539,750
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $700 helped Adriana Celene to buy a computer and graduate high school.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
May 22, 2013
Listed
May 30, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Apr 17, 2014