A loan of $1,625 helped to buy cattle and supplies for breeding.

Franklin Marcelo's story

Franklin is a 34 year old man, he studied through elementary school. He lives with his wife, with whom he has one daughter, Kamila, who is 4 years old. They live together in a rural parish of the city of Quito, the capital province of Ecuador. The parish is called Nanegalito, and is located north-west of the province of Pichincha, which was once home to an indigenous Ecuadorian culture. It is a place full of diverse flora and fauna, and also has rivers and waterfalls, which are sources of crystal clear water, that attract national and foreign tourists alike. For this reason the locals make the most of the opportunity by offering tours, home stays, meals, natural sports like horseback riding, etc. Another source of income generation for the area is livestock, with the production of milk and meat, as well as agriculture with the production of sugar cane, yucca, bamboo, corn, oranges, mandarins and papayas. Artisan work done by hand is also an opportunity for business in this area, in particular things made with natural products, like seeds found in the forest, are in demand.

The local authorities have been concerned with providing adequate facilities for the more than 3,000 people who live here, to be able to have access to basic services. Even though in the past it was an area that was not paid much attention to, now the hard work that the community members have put in has attracted the interest of investors and business people.

Franklin began learning how to take care of animals when he was a child. His parents taught him with their own experience, and Franklin has been involved in this type of business since he was 10 years old. He takes care of animals and their living space so that he can later sell them in the local market. Each day Franklin dedicates 10 hours to his business, and sometimes more. The most important thing is that during these years he has been able to support his family and he has also been able to continue learning which has allowed him to keep up with the competition. Now he has decided to take a big step in increasing his business, which is why he has turned to Fundación Alternativa, so that through Kiva they can grant him a loan, with which he will be able to buy more animals and supplies to be able to take care of them. The increase in income will help Franklin be able to give to his family a better quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tricia Kell

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