A loan of $1,075 helped to purchase mangoes and fruit for sale.

Ana Yolanda's story

Originally from Pujilí, Yolanda now lives in Cutuglagua, a neighborhood located in the South of the city of Quito, within the canton of Mejía. Cutuglagua is one of the parishes with the highest population growth in Pichincha province. It is still developing in order to offer a better quality of life to all its inhabitants, who arrive from provinces all over Ecuador. Many areas in the parish don't have basic services such as water, electricity, sewer, and garbage collection.

For three years now, Yolanda has been working very hard under these living conditions in order to provide for her young daughter, because being a single mother, she doesn't get support from her child's father. She sells mangoes on the street, with sugar, cinnamon, or salt. Yolanda decided to set up her business on the street because there is a lot of demand for her product in the city, especially among school children.

One of the obstacles Yolanda has had to overcome was a lack of support when she was starting her business, as well as the permits required in order to move around freely and offer her product. Her days are hard and long, but every one of them has its reward, when after eight long hours of work she is able to come home to her daughter Katerine and share beautiful moments of mother-daughter quality time.

Yolanda hopes to be able to increase her amount of raw materials, so that she can expand her business to the surrounding areas of Machachi. Her dream is to be able to save up and buy a house where she can live with all the comforts she needs to give her daughter a better quality of life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mariana Sanchis

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