A loan of $525 helped to be able to buy better feed for his animals.

Luis Guillermo's story

Luis lives in a small city in the north of Ecuador known as Atuntaqui. Though it is a city of only 21,000 inhabitants, it is known for its textile industries, the clothing and their fashion. There is an industrial and crafts market each Friday and Saturday where people from all around the country come to the area to buy clothing of every kind and price point. The city is famous for its "cuyes," a typical dish of the country prepared from the small animals known as "Indian Rabbits" or guinea pigs. The average temperature is 18°C. The locale also attracts tourists who want to see the monuments made by the ancient tribe of the Atuntaquis.

Luis is 18 years old and is already an entrepreneur. Thanks to the teachings of his father and his passion for animals, about a year ago, Luis began raising hogs. His dream is to be able to be his own boss. To reach his goals, he works morning, noon, and night. Even so, his income is not enough to make his business more efficient, for which reason, he his asking for a loan via Fundación Alternativa from Kiva to enable him to buy better feed for his animals. This will help his hogs to grow up healthier and will allow him to make a better profit. Thus, he will have a more stable business, allowing him to put the right foot forward in starting his adult life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Mount

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