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Maria Leticia
María is 23 years old and was born in the Sigchos canton near Latacunga, which is in the Cotopaxi province in Ecuador. She is single and thanks to the help of her parents, she was able to graduate secondary school. Due to difficult financial circumstances, she had to move to the city. For this reason, she currently lives in the Estación area of the city of Latacunga.

María works as an assistant in a store in the city center and lives with the store owner. In her free time, she knits chalinas (traditional shawls), scarves, and quilts and then sells them as an additional source of income. She is very skilled, enterprising, and hardworking. She goes throughout the city and also outside of the city to sell her goods and give security to her customers.

María recently lost a child after 5 months of pregnancy due to health issues, but despite this María has not given up and strives every day to get ahead. She hopes to look out for the safety and wellbeing of her family. She learned to knit from her mother, who in turn learned it when she was young and has passed it on from generation to generation.

María obtained a second-hand car which is very useful for getting from one place to another. Unfortunately, though, it has broken down due to being used so much. For this reason, she is asking for a loan so she can fix her car since it is something that is very necessary for her to get to her customers and make sales. In addition, it is very useful in that it allows her to transport the items that she makes.

At this time, she expresses her thanks to the Fundación Alternativa in Ecuador and to Kiva for allowing her to grow in her work life and her home life.
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María cliente de 23 años de edad nacida en el Cantón Sigchos a pocos metros de Latacunga de la provincia de Cotopaxi, perteneciente a la República del Ecuador, es soltera, gracias al esfuerzo de sus padres pudo culminar la secundaria, por la mala situación económica de su hogar tuvo que migrar a la ciudad es por eso que hoy en día vive en la ciudad de Latacunga barrio La Estación, trabaja como ayudante de una tienda en pleno centro, vive con la dueña, en sus ratos libres se dedica a tejer a mano, hace chalinas, bufandas, edredones y los vende siendo ésta actividad una fuente de ingresos adicionales, es muy hábil, emprendedora y muy trabajadora, ella se traslada a lo lago de la ciudad y fuera de ella para vender sus productos y brindar seguridad a sus clientes. María acaba de perder un bebé de 5 meses de gestación por problemas en su salud, pese a esto María no se ha dado por vencida y lucha día a día por salir a delante, a la distancia vela por la seguridad y bienestar de su familia. Esta manualidad la aprendió de su madre quien desde niña sabe del arte y ha compartido de generación en generación.
María adquirió un vehículo de segunda mano, el mismo que le es muy útil para poder trasladarse de un lugar a otro, pero lamentablemente por el uso se le dañó, es por esta razón que solicita un crédito para poder repararlo ya que es una herramienta muy necesaria para trasladarse hacia sus clientes y realizar la gestión de cobranza, además que es muy útil para llevar la mercadería que produce, por lo cual quiere en esta ocasión agradecer a Fundación Alternativa en Ecuador y a Kiva por hacer posible el crecimiento en su vida laboral y hogar.

Additional Information

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
  • 80
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    Ecuador Loans Fundraising
  • $23,931,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $700 helped Maria Leticia fix her car, which she uses for work.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Irregularly
Pre-Disbursed:
Sep 30, 2013
Listed
Oct 18, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Jun 17, 2014