A loan of $1,075 helped to make repairs to his home.


José Manuel's story

José Manuel is a 30-year-old gentleman. He lives with his wife Isama and their two small children (ages 5 and 2) in the rural community of Otavalo in San Rafael.


San Luis de Otavalo, or simply Otavalo, is a town in the Ecuadorian province of Imbabura. It is situated 110 kilometers to the north of the city of Quito. Otavalo is the town that has the largest indigenous population within the Republic of Ecuador. It is also the home of the largest indigenous handicraft market in South America and its products can be found all over the world. Otavalo is also a tourist area that is frequently visited by people from every part of the globe. As a result, the local handicrafts receive plenty of attention from the people who come to visit. In equal fashion, the racial ethnicity of the people who live here has a strong influence over the city as well as abroad.


José has a small strawberry plantation where he and his wife have worked together for seven years. He learned this trade from his predecessors since this type of farming has taken place for thousands of years and is one of the main business activities within the area. José wants to repair his home, so he is requesting a loan from Fundación Alternativa to finish a little more work on his house.


His dream is to someday completely finish his house so that he can provide the greatest comfort for his wife and children. He also wants to work with great effort to provide his children a good education. José did not obtain a formal education for himself, which has been a great obstacle.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica



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