A loan of $1,075 helped to buy chickens to later sell.

Horacio Manuel's story

Horacio is a young, 21-year-old man. He is single. Because of the customs and traditions of the community to which he belongs, he only studied through primary school. He lives in the canton of Santo Domingo in the province of Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas. Santo Domingo connects the mountain region with the costal region of Ecuador. It is a city that has become a main commercial artery with various sectors of growth. As proof, it has various enterprising families that started small businesses several years ago, and now they are small businesspeople that support the generation with employment. Studies reveal that the businesses, for the most part, started empirically and have had acceptance due to tourists, businesspeople, and travelers passing through. They are moving from one region to another, and it is also the third most populous city in the country. Horacio lives in the Luz de América parrish in this canton, a sector that is considered the entryway to the province. The richness of its land has been the birthplace of various food companies. It is also the area that produces the most papaya and exotic fruit for export. This is why the large majority of people in this parrish make a living through agriculture.

Horacio always helped his parents with their bueinss and also got involved in his business. Every day, he invests at least six hours in taking care of his crops and fruit. Horacio is sure that his income can increase if he increases his work, which is raising chickens to sell. This is why he requested a loan from Fundación Alternativa, where he found support with the speed and safety he was hoping for. He also received advice on how to manage his business. Horacio will use all of the funds from this loan to buy chickens as the first step in fulfilling his dream, which is to have a large farm so he can improve his quality of living.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tanya Harper

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