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Sandra Elizabeth
Sandra is a 19-year-old young mother. She is single, and her 2-year-old son is the motivation to make an effort every day for a better lifestyle, since she dreams of being able to have her own house and live comfortably there with her little one. Sandra has received the help of her son's grandparents and lives with them and her son in Quito, the capital city of the Republic of Ecuador, specifically in the southern sector of the city where business is very active.

Sandra, with her mother as her guide, learned the art of cooking from the time she was very young. She makes some delicious typical dishes and, of course, dishes a la carte. Two years ago, with the birth of her son, she saw the need to take advantage of this skill in the kitchen, and she started a restaurant in a small building. She offers breakfast, lunch, and dishes a la carte as well as special dishes such as "pinchos" (kebabs), "tripos asadas" (grilled tripe), and "encebollados de pescado" (a soup made with onion and tuna). Sandra decided to start this business when, after looking for a long time for work that would sustain her and her son, she found all the doors closed, since she only studied through primary school and that was not sufficient anywhere.

Now Sandra takes advantage of the knowledge acquired from her mother and at school to manage her restaurant, where she personally takes charge of the food preparation and the customer service. She invests at least 6 hours every day from Tuesday through Sunday. She shares her free time with her son and also looks to amuse herself by doing some sewing work.

Sandra is asking for the loan in order to be able to make repairs to the restaurant's infrastructure, since it needs some decorations and implements that would give the place an ambience in which her customers could feel comfortable and that would also draw attention when people pass by. She is sure that with this loan her customers will increase and therefore her profits will be greater, which will help her to cover the household expenses and also to give her son a quality lifestyle.
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Sandra es una joven madre que tiene 19 años, es soltera y su hijo de 2 años es la motivación para esforzarse cada día por un mejor estilo de vida, pues ella sueña poder tener su casa propia y vivir confortablemente allí con su pequeño. Sandra ha recibido la ayuda de los abuelos de su hijo y vive con ellos y su hijo en Quito, la ciudad capital de la República del Ecuador específicamente en el sector sur de la ciudad en donde el comercio es muy activo.
Sandra con la guía de su madre aprendió desde muy niña el arte de la cocina, ella prepara unos exquisitos platos típicos y por supuesto también platos a la carta, hace dos años, con el nacimiento de su hijo, ella vio la necesidad de sacar provecho a esta habilidad en la cocina e instaló en un pequeño local un restaurante en donde ofrece desayunos, almuerzos y platos a la carta además de platos especiales como “pinchos”, “tripas asadas”, “encebollados de pescado”. Sandra decidió emprender con este negocio cuando después de buscar por mucho tiempo un trabajo que le sustente a ella y su hijo, encontró todas las puertas cerradas, pues solamente estudió la escuela primaria y esto no era suficiente en ningún lugar.
Ahora Sandra aprovecha los conocimientos adquiridos con su madre y en la escuela para administrar su local de comida en donde ella personalmente se encarga de la preparación de la comida y el servicio al cliente. Invierte todos los días de martes a domingo al menos 6 horas y en su tiempo libre comparte con su hijo y también busca distraerse haciendo algunos trabajos de costura.
Sandra solicita el préstamo para poder hacer arreglos en la infraestructura del restaurante, pues hacen falta algunos adornos e implementos que le den al lugar un ambiente en el cual sus clientes se puedan sentir a gusto y que además llamen la atención cuando las personas pasen por el lugar. Ella está segura que con este crédito sus clientes aumentarán y así sus utilidades serán mayores lo que le ayudará a cubrir los gastos del hogar y además a brindar a su hijo un estilo de vida de calidad.

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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

  • $10,600
    Average annual income
  • 48
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    Ecuador Loans Fundraising
  • $24,300,700
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,125 helped Sandra Elizabeth to make repairs to her restaurant.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jun 29, 2013
Listed
Jul 29, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Aug 17, 2014