A loan of $850 helped to improve her crops and increase her production.

Aida Corina's story

Aida, 29, lives with her partner Erwin, who is a farmer of the same age. They have two children: Byron, 13, and Dayana, 11. Aida is from Otavalo, but she lives in the El Pacto parish, located in the canton of San Miguel de Lo Bancos. This is a town that is visited by many people because of its waterfalls and the biodiversity of species that one can observe passing through the countryside. This place has an exceptional gastronomy; it's known for its traditional dishes that are sold by many of its residents. In addition to this, the local hotels, agricultural supply stores and offerings of extreme sports activities, support the economic growth of the city. In the rural neighborhoods there are households who are devoted to farming and livestock activities, so this area also specializes in the processing of milk and its derivatives, such as cheese, sweet milk, and other dairy products.

Aida inherited her parents' talent for making "panela," a food that is made from a base of sugarcane which is full of vitamins and nutrients that are good for the human body. She uses this to make drinks, and it also serves as a natural sweetener and energizer. It has curative properties, from healing wounds to treating ulcers. Aida has been making this product for 6 years, and she invests up to 10 hours a day in this business while also attending to her home. She needs to increase her income to support her husband in paying for the education of their children. For this reason, she is requesting a loan from the Fundacion Alternativa to buy more supplies to increase her production. This way, she will realize her dream of seeing her children grow up in excellent living conditions while finishing their education.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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