A loan of $650 helped to improve her business by purchasing sweets and offering them to her customers.

Eufemia Dolores's story

Just a little while ago, the southern part of the city of Quito was no considered one of the economic strongholds of the Ecuadorian capital. Now this area is an economic force in the city. There are enterprising families in this place that have fought to stand out. There are natives and migrants from other cities and countries, and it has been a meeting point for people from various provinces. It has extensive streets.

Eufemia lives in the Chimbacalle area, in Ferroviaria Baja, a neighborhood located in the southern part of the city, an area with a lot of commercial activity that keeps growing and greatly contributes to the economic growth of the city. The parks with their large green areas stand out in this zone. Families go to them on weekends. There is access to all kinds of services and its inhabitants are entrepreneurs who take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself when it comes to setting up new businesses. Migrants from various provinces of the country live here and they put their skills to the test to move forward by setting up businesses, most of which are established through experience.

Eufemia, 60, is a hard-working woman who has never stopped fighting to achieve her dreams. She finished high school and then started working, because the economic situation in her household did not permit her to study further. While young, she married and had three sons who are now grown: Edison, 42, Patricio, 40, and Juan Carlos, 32. Eufemia is now divorced and lives alone, but she believes that she can move forward regardless of her situation. The proof of this is that four years ago, she opened a small place in which she sells traditional fast foods, which were in high demand by the students, residents, and workers in the area. This activity has helped to give her economic stability and she can also enjoy free time with her relatives.

For eight hours a day, Eufemia cleans the foods, prepares them and attends to each one of her customers. Now with the experience she has gained, she is sure she will be able to grow her business, which is why she went to Fundación Alternativa through Kiva. They give her a loan so that she can buy merchandise like sweets and goods for immediate consumption that can complement or be combined with the services that she provides. Eufemia hopes to increase her income to maintain some savings that she can use when her age and the health complications that come with it no longer permit her to work.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caitlin Jones

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