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Lidia Mariana
Lidia is 45 years old and was born in Latacunga, in the province of Chimborazo. In the Andes Mountains in the central region of Ecuador is Latacunga, the capital of Cotopaxi province, which is located at 2850 meters above sea level. The climate averages 12 degrees Celsius. This county is very well known for its colorful festival called the Fiesta of the Mama Negra that is a celebration of independence.

Lidia learned from her parents to care for cattle and to sell the milk and for 10 years she has worked on her own in this activity. Despite being a single mother, she tells us that she has known how to care for her child, giving all that is necessary. She is asking for a loan in order to buy more cattle, and in this way to get more liters of milk to sell and thus have higher earnings.

This is her first loan with Fundación Alternativa but she tells us that financial institutions have been a big help before in purchasing her own cattle as the costs are high and it is difficult to start.
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Lidia es una mujer de 45 años nacida en Latacunga en la provincia de Chimborazo. En la cordillera de "Los Andes" en la región central del Ecuador se encuentra Latacunga, la capital de la provincia de Cotopaxi la cual se encuentra a 2850 metros a nivel del mar. Tiene un clima promedio de 12 grados centígrados. Este cantón es muy conocido por su colorida fiesta de "La mama negra" que se celebra por su independencia.
Lidia aprendió de sus padres a cuidar ganado vacuno y vender su leche y hace 10 años ella se dedica independientemente a esta actividad. A pesar de ser madre soltera ella nos cuenta que ha sabido salir adelante con su hijo y darle todo lo necesario. Ella quiere un crédito para poder comprar más ganado, de esta manera sacar más litros de leche para venderla y así tener mejores ingresos.
Es el primer crédito con Fundación Alternativa pero nos cuenta que anteriormente las instituciones financieras le ayudaron muchísimo a tener su propio ganado ya que los costos son elevados y es difícil empezar.

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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
  • 61
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    Ecuador Loans Fundraising
  • $26,742,700
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $875 helped Lidia Mariana to buy cows and thus increase her business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 13, 2011
Sep 20, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 15, 2012