A loan of $1,600 helped to buy oranges and cheese to increase his income so he can finish his house.


Silvino Bartolome's story

In Ecuador you'll find the province of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, known for its variety of animals seen in their natural habitat. It's a place where struggle and enterprise are the daily subsistence of every family. It's a key region, being the main connection between the mountain and coastal regions, and has managed to make its capital, Santo Domingo, into an exemplary city whose growth is supported by high activity in commerce, agriculture, and tourism. This is where Silvio lives; he's a fifty-six-year-old divorced man who is known for being hardworking and very persistent.

Silvino earns his living selling oranges and cheese, a business he's been in for five years. He invests his time Monday through Friday to increase his income so he can finish construction on his house, which he hasn't managed to do because he's lacked the funds. This will be his first loan with Fundación Alternativa, but he's sure that he can rely on them to strengthen and grow his business because they always give him timely and reliable financial counsel.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jill Heske



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