A loan of $1,075 helped to buy cosmetics in order to have a variety to offer her clients.

Maria Alexandra's story

María is a young single woman of 28 years of age. She has two children aged from 10 to 6 years studying in primary. She lives in the parish of Río Verde in Santo Domingo, the third largest city in Ecuador by population. It is located at a strategic point for Ecuadorian trade being centrally located, acting as a link between the coast and the mountain range. For this reason, Santo Domingo is also a multicultural center where many cultures blend from Ecuador and also from outside the country. Tourism has grown markedly because of the trade of all types of products which has become a very profitable activity.

In the center of this interesting city lives María who began selling cosmetics two years ago in which she invests the necessary hours in order to obtain the hoped for profits. She came to Fundación Alternativa, which is the intermediary institution between Kiva and María, to acquire a loan that will help her to buy merchandise in order to have a variety to offer her clients and thus obtain better earnings surpassing the competition in quality of service and prices. María is grateful to Fundación Alternativa for providing the first step in her growing business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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