Total loan: $1,100
Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas Province, Ecuador / Agriculture
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A loan helped to stock her fruit business and buy supplies for a new farming venture.
Maria Alexandra's story
María, 36, lives in Santa Cecelia with her husband and three children. Santa Cecelia is a rural town at Kilometer 15 on the Vía Chone. This is a highly-productive agricultural region that is much trafficked by tourists because it is along the way to the beaches at Manabí. María is a hard-working woman. She picks oranges three times a week that she then sells at a spot set aside at her house for sales. Her customers are tourists passing through on their way to Manabí. Her husband helps with the business and also buys and sells yucca. The businesses support the family. They aren't hugely profitable, she says, but they generate enough income to put a roof over the family's heads and send the children to school. María is applying for a loan, part of which she will use to buy more fruit and the rest to to buy seeds for planting yucca on a small plot of land that her father-in-law has loaned to her and her husband for growing yucca. They are confident that the investment will ultimately improve their earnings and help them to continue moving ahead.