A loan of $1,550 helped to buy assorted fruits and vegetables.

Luis Alfonso's story

Luis, 21, is single and pledged to help his family from a very young age because of the difficult situation in which they found themselves. This is why he only finished elementary school. As a result, many of his dreams were frustrated, such as being a professional soccer player. Nevertheless, Luis values that seeing his family with a stable life has repaid the emptiness of his unrealized dreams.

Luis lives with his mother, Cruz, 59, who devotes herself to the household, and with his sister Susana, who's a seamstress and has two children, Dayana and Jhon, who are students. Together they live in Quito in the southern part of the city. Until a few years ago the southern sector of the city of Quito was not considered one of the stronger economic sectors of the capital of the Republic of Ecuador. Now this area is considered a force in the city's economy. Here there are enterprising families who have struggled to get ahead.

Between the natives and migrants from other cities and countries, it has been a point of encounter of residents of several provinces and is built with wide streets. Cillogallo, where Luis lives, is an area of high commercial activity that is strengthened more all the time and contributes to the city's economic growth. This area stands out for its parks with expansive green areas where families go on the weekend. There's access to all types of services, and the residents are enterprising people who make the most of every opportunity to set up new businesses.

Two years ago, with his experience and the advice of his aunt, Luis decided to set up a business selling fruits, vegetables, and legumes to military troops who buy in bulk to stock the military barracks in the city. He devotes seven hours to this job and has the help of his cousin, who also has experience in this work.

Now Luis wants to buy more assorted products to satisfy customer demand and increase his sales, so he can take up his studies again. With his experience, he hopes to one day set up a company and also to have the opportunity to demonstrate his abilities as a soccer player.

To this end Luis has requested a loan from Fundación Alternativa to buy new products. He sees it as a new opportunity to get ahead. He also plans to make the most of this loan and the advice they give him as tools for managing his business well.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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