A loan of $1,100 helped to buy pigs and equipment for the pens.

Maria Senaida's story

Latacunga is the capital of the province of Cotopaxi, one of the provinces in the highland region of Ecuador. Recently Latacunga has developed notably in such a way that it's considered one of the most important cities in the region, thanks to the flower, mining, metallurgy, agribusiness, agriculture, and livestock industries. In addition, there are businesses that generate additional income, which turns it into a commercial city with a variety of opportunities to get ahead. In this city there are many celebrations that conserve a deep rooting in and purity of historical origins or ancestral tradition.

María, 23, lives in this interesting city. She's single and has a son, Edison, 1. She lives with her parents and finished elementary school, but she hopes to continue her studies one day. María has made a living for three years raising pigs for sale, a job she learned from her mother and on which she spends eight hours a day.

María needs to increase her income so she requested a loan to buy more pigs and supplies to expand the pens so the pigs have more space.

Fundación Alternativa granted this loan because its goal is to end poverty in Ecuador, so its help in the rural sector is fundamental. They also offer consulting so the business can get ahead.

María's dream is to return to her studies and one day be able to apply her knowledge in the business she has carried out during this time.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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