A loan of $1,125 helped to buy seeds, fertilizer, and farming tools.

Wilson Eduardo's story

Wilson is a man of 31 who graduated high school and then decided to work to support his family. He had decided when he was very young to settle down with his partner, Elena, 34, with whom he has four children, two of whom are in public grade school. Wilson lives with his family in Quinindé, a canton in Esmeraldas Province that provides products like bananas, cacao, coffee, African palm and forest products to various cities in Ecuador, accounting for the livelihood of most of its inhabitants, who work in related business to get ahead. The area has allowed for a great deal of commercial activity as still more people travel here, especially on weekends, when all manner businesspeople offer their products at markets to potential clients, most of whom tend to be rural farmers. The natural ecosystem is widely varied throughout the area, so tourism is also a significant to this canton, where people come to see waterfalls, freshwater rivers, and forests with animals and flowers that grace the city.

Wilson has earned his living producing cacao for ten years. Lack of work drove him to specialize in growing this crop to sell. He devotes several hours a day to his profession, which he came by from various relatives who also work in the same business. Wilson dreams of seeing his children have professions, since he was never able to. That's why he endeavors every day, so that they lack for nothing they need to finish school.

Using his experience both in production and sales Wilson would like to expand his crop fields, so he needs a loan to buy seeds, fertilizer and some tools to keep his crops in perfect condition. He hopes that with this investment his profits will increase and he can offer his family a life of quality and comfort. He is a responsible man. He appreciates Fundación Alternativa's advice and financing, and encourages Kiva lenders to always put in their grain of sand; it's so needed by businesspeople like him who are frequently impeded by lack of capital, which at times makes it impossible for them to succeed.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jill Heske

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