A loan of $1,075 helped buy wholesale clothing, cosmetics and jewelry.

Lidia Susana's story

Lidia is a 35-year-old Ecuadorian woman. She married young, but she was able to finish high school. She’s currently separated and raising her children on her own – they’re 13, 9 and 6 years old. Although the separation was a difficult time for her children and herself, together they have since become an exemplar family. They live in the Chimbacalle neighborhood that’s located in the south of the city of Quito, which is the capital of the Republic of Ecuador. Up until the last few years, the southern part of Quito was not considered as playing a major part in the economy of the city, but now it’s considered one of the city’s economical strengths. In this area you’ll find determined families who have fought to get ahead. From natives to migrants from other cities and countries, this area has been the meeting point of people from various provinces and has been reconstructed with extensive streets. Chimbacalle, where Lidia resides, is a very commercial neighborhood that is constantly growing and lends itself to the economic growth of the city. There are parks with big green spaces where families meet on the weekends. There is access to a great number of services and the people in this area, with determination, use every opportunity that presents itself to establish new businesses. In this area, you will see street vendors, working children and families in need.
Lidia is a street vendor and she's been selling casual clothing for 5 years. This undertaking was very important for her, as it was the only livelihood she had for her herself and her children since the separation. Previous to the separation, she worked as a street vendor and brought in some extra money, but it was more of a hobby; afterwards it became her fulltime job and the income now provides the education and wellbeing of her children. In the beginning, she sold only cosmetics, but there was demand for clothing, so she now dedicates about 6 hours or more each day to taking down orders from her clients, classifying the new clothing she has, delivering the orders to each address and collecting outstanding accounts. All of that work, while still attending to her children; helping them with homework, going over lessons and studying.
Lidia is requesting a loan to buy wholesale merchandise in order to get more discounts on her final bill. This will help increase her earnings so that one day she can accomplish her dream: owning her own clothing store that will help sustain her family and provide her children the opportunity to earn professional degrees that will take them further in life. Lidia is grateful that Fundación Alternativa believed in her enough to provide her with a loan and the training needed to visualize and project her business into the future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Beatriz Yuste

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