A loan of $1,075 helped to buy seeds and farm supplies.

Monica Teresa's story

Mónica, 23, is a young woman living with her partner, Álvaro, 25 who works selling fruit; his place of work is located half an hour from where they live. They have two children, Alexis, 6, and Sebastián, 10 months. Despite obstacles and the lack of economic resources, they’ve moved forward and hope to give their children the education they did not have the chance to complete.

Mónica lives in El Pacto in a parish in Quito Canton located in Pichincha Province in the Republic of Ecuador. Pacto is located in the northwestern part of Quito Metropolitan District. Its history started in the Pre-Inca period and its name comes from the pacts reached between important political parties. As for its economy, it’s an agricultural and animal husbandry zone due to its climate and geography which results in harvests of crops from both the coastal and the mountain regions. Its residents live day to day from these activities. Even though it’s a place that’s far from the city, there are families that have started all sorts of activities to cover their needs and those of their community.

Mónica has been working growing sugarcane for six years. She works 10 hours daily in this activity caring for, watering and harvesting crops. She learned this activity from her parents and then with the experience she acquired. Mónica is a very enterprising young woman who is motivated to get ahead through her own devices, for her children and for her family. Her sister’s help has been of great support in getting her business going in addition to her spouse’s support.

Mónica hopes to prepare herself to better manage her business and hopes to increase income producing larger crop yields and also supplies to adequately care for the already existing crops so as not to have any losses.

Fundación Alternativa has provided this tenacious woman with a loan to buy seeds and the necessary supplies to start this new step towards increasing business and as a result to improve her and her family’s quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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