A loan of $1,075 helped to stock up on a variety of merchandise.

Cristina Elizabeth's story

Cristina is 26 years old, has an elementary-school education and is a single mother. She has a small son, who despite her meager resources has been able to make headway and doesn't lack food, clothing or shelter, all thanks to Cristina's enterprising spirit. They live in Santo Domingo, the provincial capital of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, one of the provinces in Ecuador that recently has experienced high and sustained growth. The most appealing aspect of the city is its delicious fruits, and it has many tourists destinations to visit. It also relies considerably on commerce, since it has turned into an important commercial center connecting the mountain and coastal regions of the country. There are a number of tourist activities for travelers near and far alike thanks to its warm climate. Cristina owns a store where she sells casual clothes, gifts for all occasions, cosmetics and other items. She undertook this idea two years ago despite a lack of capital, and little by little she reinvested her profits into the business. She has acquired the necessary experience to be a good small-businesswoman. Now she is requesting the loan with the goal of expanding her merchandise to draw in demand from the surrounding areas. This young dreamer's goal is to give her son the education she was not able to have, and she hopes one day she will see him become a professional. Cristina is very grateful for Kiva partner Fundación Alternativa for opening the doors to her personal and professional growth.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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