A loan of $650 helped to buy piglets and chicks to raise and then sell.

Juan Luis's story

Juan, 53, attended elementary school. He’s married to Carmen, 51, and they have two children who are 14 and 11 years old. They live in Latacunga, capital of Cotopaxi Province one of the provinces that make up Ecuador’s Sierra Region. Latacunga has developed significantly in recent years to such an extent that it’s considered to be one of the most important in the region thanks to its flower industry, mining, metallurgy, agroindustry, agriculture and animal husbandry. Businesses that generate interesting income are also established here converting the city into a commercial center with several growth opportunities. Many festivals occur in this city preserving the roots and purity of historical origins and ancestral traditions. At every festival, traditional food, dances and artistic presentations are the center of attention for all inhabitants and tourists. Some of the dishes that are served in this city are ‘hornado’ [roasted pig], guinea pigs, ‘chugchucaras’ [fried pork, 'mote'-boiled hominy, potatoes, fried plantains, turnovers, popcorn, and pork rinds; it is accompanied by aji, a spicy sauce made with hot peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, and onions], etc.

Juan has worked for a year raising animals for subsequent sale. It was quite a challenge for him and his family to start something new but the experience his friends and neighbors shared with him helped him to feel confident about continuing forward and he’s done excellent work despite having worked for a long time manufacturing concrete blocks. The little space he had available at home, however, made it impossible for him to continue with this so now he uses his free time to help out in nearby block factories.

Raising animals has now become his main source of employment and he spends between six and eight hours daily at it; his wife helps him and they work together even at dawn to tend to their animals and care for their health so that they will be in higher market demand. Juan is prepared to take the next step for his business’ growth so wants to buy more animals to earn higher income that will help him improve his and his family’s quality of life. To reach this goal, Juan has asked Fundación Alternativa for a loan he can use to make this purchase and also to obtain the training he needs to correctly manage his business and the resources that are being invested in it.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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