A loan of $1,600 helped to buy land where she will build her home and business.

Ligia Adriana's story

Ligia is single and has finished her secondary schooling. She has a daughter and they live in the Canton of Chunch, in the south of the Chimborazo province. The area is characterized for its agriculture and livestock. In addition, it has some touristic places including waterfalls, lagoons and alpine plains; these activities support the province's economy. However, statistics show that a high percentage of poverty exists with unsatisfied basic needs and in addition, a concerning rate of illiteracy. Chunchi is a place that is also characterized for the friendliness of its people and the modern architectural design.

To care for her daughter, this working mother sells products of mass consumption in her store that she opened four years ago and in which she invests an average of 8 hours daily. In addition, she organizes her work to sell food. Ligia wants to purchase land where she can build a home where she can also establish her store, which she will achieve thanks to the offered loan from Fundacion Alternativa, which, adding up the products that she sells in her store, she will be able to pay off quickly and then achieve her dream to no longer pay rent and use these savings for her daughter's education.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gina Cappuccitti

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