Total loan: $1,075

Jonathan Saul

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Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas Province, Ecuador / Agriculture

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Jonathan Saul's story

Jonathan, 24, is a man who did not have the opportunity of completing his schooling but he did complete elementary school and since he was a boy has helped his parents with their work in agriculture. He’s single and has no children and lives in Santo Domingo Canton in Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas Province. Santo Domingo is located connecting the mountain and coastal regions of Ecuador; it is a city that’s become a commercial crossroads with several sectors in development. As proof of this, there are many enterprising families here who started out with small businesses a few years ago and now are micro business owners who generate employment. Studies have shown that all the business for the most part started out empirically and have been well-received by tourists, businessmen and travelers who move from one region to the other; in addition, this is the country’s third most populous city. Jonathan lives in this canton’s Luz de América Parish, a sector considered to be the province’s point of entry. Because of the richness of its soil it’s become the home of various food exporting firms and this is the area with the largest papaya production, an exotic fruit that’s exported from here. Because of this, residents in this parish are for the most part in agriculture which is why several of the local entrepreneurs have strengthened their activities with hard work, experience and effort. Jonathan works raising quail, a small fowl that requires special treatment, especially with regard to its feeding so that they can stay healthy and produce healthy eggs that can be sold. In addition, their meat can also be sold. In Ecuador, this is a relatively new activity and it’s produced profits for many people who have gone into this business. Quail eggs have nutritional and health properties that make them attractive to many consumers and turns them into an interesting business. Jonathan started his business 8 years ago taking advantage of the city’s climactic conditions because Santo Domingo has several of the characteristics needed for this activity’s development. He spends up to 8 hours daily in this activity. During the morning he wanders the streets with his cart where he carries cooked eggs and raw eggs to sell and in the afternoon he works caring for and cleaning the coops. Due to the experience he’s acquired he feels well-prepared to take a step toward increasing business and needs a loan to buy more fowl and to build more coops. Jonathan came to Fundación Alternativa referenced by several friends and because of the security and trust he found there; he’s grateful for the support.