A loan of $1,600 helped to purchase load-bearing animals for transporting timber.

José Guillermo's story

José is 26 years old, and is married with two sons, one of whom is three years old, and the other is just a few months old. Their family lives in “Los Bancos,” which is a rural community in the Province of Pichincha, which is also home to the capital city of Ecuador. One of the main natural resources present in Los Bancos is water. In fact, countless streams are born there, and then run down the slopes of the land as they form sizeable rivers. The community is bustling with trade, especially along the main street, where there are hotels, restaurants, stores, and many agricultural products for sale. There are also veterinary services and many small general stores.

José has worked hard selling wood for over six years. He learned this trade from his family members, who also work in the industry. One of the greatest challenges he has faced is how to transport wood down to the market for sale. José wants to invest in purchasing load-bearing animals for his business, which would allow him to reduce his costs for freight and renting transportation. This would simultaneously increase his income, as he would be the owner of his own transportation.

In his free time, he likes to be with his family. José’s dream is to settle his estate so he can focus his efforts on raising animals and on farming. In order to do that, he needs to save up more money. He hopes that, with the support from this loan, he will be one step closer to having the farm of his dreams and to improving his quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gillian Goodrich

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