A loan of $1,075 helped to buy raw materials to make brushes for domestic use.

Mirian Iralda's story

Mirian is a 29-year-old divorced woman who lives with her 3-year-old son in 'Cooperativa 11 de Julio' in Santo Domingo, the fourth most populous city in Ecuador after Guayaquil, Quito and Cuenca. Santo Domingo is the capital of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas province, an Ecuadorean province which has experienced a high, sustained level of growth in recent years. The capital is a city which offers attractive, colorful, delicious fruits and cuisine. It also has a considerable amount of commerce as it has become a dry port where commercial exchange takes place between the country's mountainous and coastal regions. For this reason, most of the city´s inhabitants have started up some commercial business or other.

Mirian has been making plastic brushes for domestic use for seven years. She learned this trade from her mother who earned a living in the same way. She works 8 or 10 hours a day and is helped by a person who she hired so that she could complete the orders that she receives from her customers. She would like a loan to invest in raw materials so that she can grow her business. Mirian has previously requested loans from Fundación Alternativa and now needs another one to invest in her business. She has always made her previous monthly repayments on time.

In spite of the fact that the raw materials she uses have increased in price and the country's current financial situation has become difficult, Mirian works hard to keep growing her business every day as her goal is to increase her production and thereby make more income.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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