A loan of $1,300 helped to buy cosmetics and increase her stock.

Mónica Mariuxi's story

In Ecuador, in the province of Sto. Domingo de los Tsachilas, a province characterized by the variety of animals that can be observed in their environment, is a place in which struggle and entrepreneurship are the daily subsistence of every family. It is a key city for being the main connection between the regions of Sierra and Costa, and is where Monica lives. She is a young woman with an entrepreneurial and business-minded spirit. This feisty young woman lives with her partner who works as a store manager for a large consumer goods company. They have a one-year old daughter.

Since five years ago, Monica has been inspired to succeed in cosmetology; she sells cosmetics, lingerie and jewelry around the city. She dedicates herself to this activity 7 hours a day with her small daughter in her arms, visiting her clients, and in this way, offering personalized service.

She applied to Fundación Alternativa for a loan, which would help her to increase her stock of products and to venture into utility clothing sales, which would serve to advance the fulfillment of her dream to establish a small business and above all, to invest in the education of her baby girl.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer LeeJay Victor

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