A loan of $1,075 helped to buy storage tanks for milk.

Marcelo Eduardo's story

Marcelo is a 32-year-old single father. He lives with his two children, ages 7 and 9, on a farm in San Miguel de Los Bancos, a Canton that belongs to Pichincha Province (where the capital of Ecuador is also located). The entire region receives visitors who come for its waterfalls, rivers, and biodiversity; the Mulaute River is a popular tourist destination, and in several branches of these rivers people come to go rafting. Traditional food from the region includes guaña, also called campeche, which is a fish that eaten stuffed with a type of plantain called "orito verde" ("little green gold"). Other foods include palm heart ceviche, tilaplia, steak served on a hot grill-like plate, and jelly made from guayaba.

Marcelo has worked on the land for all of his life. The farm where he lives belonged to his parents, and he has always lived there. His primary work, though, is collecting milk. In an old truck, he goes around picking up liters of milk from smaller producers to later deliver to a large plant that processes dairy products. The containers he uses to transport the milk are special and expensieve, and carrying them and lifting them into his truck every day is the most difficult part of his work. Marcelo tells us that if he could collect more, he would have better income, as the processing plant has a large demand. For this reason, Marcelo has applied for a loan, which would allow him to buy more containers.

Marcelo worries about his children's education, as he is raising them alone, and he works very hard for them every day. Marcelo hopes to be able to pay for their food, their clothing, and their education.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mairead Harris

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