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Jose Leodan
José is a 30-year-old man. He is single and grew up in a home with few economic resources, so he had to start working at a very young age in order to help with the household costs. Because of this, he was only able to finish elementary school and has had to get by with this limited education in the various jobs he has taken on. He currently lives in the Rio Verde de Santo Domingo parish, the capital of the province of Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, a city that has considerable business enterprises because it has become a place of exchange between the coast and the highlands. The several tourist attractions, as well as the hot climate, are a major draw for tourists from Ecuador and around the world. The majority of the residents have some sort of business enterprise or provide services for residents and tourists.
After a long career in business, José decided to start a business doing what he had learned to do as a career: to be a blacksmith. He has done this work for seven years now. He loves his job. Seeing that no one uses old metal that is nothing more than scrap for many people, José puts it into the fire and uses his creativity to create pieces that serve to decorate homes. He is very proud of his finished pieces, and this motivates him to continue expanding his business. However, as in all jobs, there is a health risk because of the metal residues he is exposed to, and because of the temperature changes. Because of this, some time ago José suffered an accident that made it impossible for him to work for several months. However, once he recovered, he started again with new motivations.
His dream is to establish a store where he will be able to sell pieces he has made with his own hands. He is working hard to reach this dream. He will start with this loan, which he will invest in the purchase of metal, scraps, and tools which will allow him to increase production and thus expand his clientele. This step will get him closer to his dream. José is grateful to the Fundación Alternativa for opening its doors to him so that he can expand his business, and also for believing in the dreams of people in rural areas. He also thanks the Kiva lenders all over the world for their contribution to countries' development.
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José es un hombre de 30 años, soltero y creció en un hogar con escasos recursos económicos, por lo cual tuvo que trabajar desde muy chico para ayudar con los gastos de su casa, por lo cual solo pudo terminar la escuela primaria y con esos conocimientos defenderse en las varias actividades en las cuales emprendió. Actualmente vive en la parroquia de Río Verde de Santo Domingo, la capital de la Provincia de Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, una ciudad que cuenta un comercio considerable ya que se ha convertido en un puerto terrestre de intercambio comercial entre las regiones Sierra y Costa del país. Sus varios atractivos turísticos acompañados de su clima cálido son muy concurridos por turistas nacionales y extranjeros y la mayoría de sus habitantes han emprendido con alguna actividad comercial o de servicios para habitantes y turistas.
Luego de una larga trayectoria como comerciante, José decidió emprender en la labor que había aprendido como profesión que es la herrería, la cual la realiza desde hace 7 años, es un trabajo que le gusta mucho pues al ver que nadie daría uso a metales viejos que para muchas personas no son más que chatarra, José los somete al fuego y con su creatividad fabrica piezas que sirven como implementos de decoración de hogares. José se siente muy orgulloso cuando uno de sus trabajos terminado y le motiva a seguir creciendo. Sin embargo, como en todo trabajo, hay un riesgo de salud por los residuos de metal que se expulsan y los cambios de temperatura a los que se somete, es por esto que José hace algún tiempo atrás sufrió un accidente que lo imposibilitó de trabajar durante varios meses, pero al recuperarse empezó con nuevas motivaciones. Su sueño es establecer un almacén en donde pueda vender las piezas fabricadas por sus propias manos y la lucha por ese sueño, comenzará con un crédito que solicita el cual lo invertirá en la adquisición de metal, chatarra y herramientas que le servirán para incrementar su producción y así poder ampliar su cartera de clientes. Éste es un paso que lo acercará cada vez más al cumplimiento de su sueño. José agradece a Fundación Alternativa por abrirle las puertas para crecer con su emprendimiento y además por creer en los sueños de las personas del sector rural. También agradece a los inversionistas de Kiva en todo el mundo por su aporte que simbolizan pasos para el desarrollo de los países.

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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
  • 31
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    Ecuador Loans Fundraising
  • $23,087,325
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,075 helped Jose Leodan to buy used metal and materials for making new pieces.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jun 12, 2013
Listed
Jul 12, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Jan 18, 2014