A loan of $1,075 helped to make improvements to his shop.

Mario Ruben's story

Mario is 32 years old, he is separated from his wife and he has one child he economically provides for. He has finished high school. He lives in Quito, the capital city of the Republic of Ecuador and also the second largest city of the country with more that 2 million citizens between natives and migrants for other cities and countries. Quito has been the meeting point of citizens coming from all provinces, thus creating a very colorful culture. It is embellished by wide streets and building decorated with Avant-guard designs hosting the offices of renowned companies of every line of business. There are churches, museums and parks whose structures enchant its national and international tourists. In the center-north of the city there are entertainment places such as restaurants, art galleries and discos worth a visit. Mario lives in “La Armenias”, a neighborhood located in the Conocoto parish, in the north of the city. Also known as “Modern Quito”, here it is where many companies constituting the economic core of the country have their main headquarters. This is a mainly residential sector, even if in some isolated areas some unfinished buildings can been seen.
Mario runs a locksmith’s shop, an activity he has been engaged in since he was a child, almost 20 years ago, and that he has learned from his parents whom he has always helped. He works here 10 hours a day, offering this service he has succeeded in establishing notwithstanding the lack of working capital. Mario has requested a loan to Fundación Alternativa in order to improve the structure of his shop, as the working area of his shop is not covered and the weather can damage the equipment and materials he uses. He hopes that thanks to this change he will succeed in more easily winning his customers’ trust, thus increasing his income and consequently succeeding in granting a better strand of living both to himself and to his child.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emanuela Villa

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