A loan of $1,075 helped to buy natural products to sell.


Teresita Del Pilar's story

Teresita is a 44 year old, divorced woman. She lives with her three children in the Chillogallo parish, which is located to the extreme south of the city of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. The sector where she lives is known for its great formal and informal commercial movement. Teresita was born in the Chimborazo province, but she migrated to the capital like so many others looking for a better socioeconomic condition. Teresita has suffered two events in her life that have marked her. The first was the separation from her husband. Then she had an illness that she did overcome, thanks to natural products. From then on she decided to sell natural products. She does her business from her home, and she goes door to door to her customers. She has her own clientele established. Her business has been up and running for five years. Now she wants to increase her stock of products. She says that with a variety she would be able to improve her income. Her products that sell the most contribute to people slenderizing and increasing their energy. Therefore, her investment will focus on this segment. Supporting a household alone is not easy work. She struggles to get her children ahead so that they will have a better future. She dreams of having her own house in order to live more comfortably and to have a family inheritance.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish



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