A loan of $1,300 helped to purchase fertilizer for crops and to improve production.

Manuel Mesías's story

Manuel is 31 years old. He is single and lives with his father in the "Luz de America" parish in Santo Domingo - one of the newest towns in Ecuador; it was built where the mountainous and coastal regions of the country meet. It is a very special place, non only because of its rich ethnic diversity, but also because of the unusual landscapes one can find from the moment one enters this beautiful town. Santo Domingo de los Colorados is part of the province of Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, which has only recently ben formed.
Santo Domingo's main fair attracts many visitors and allows for cultural and commercial exchanges. The fair takes place at the Ranchers' Association's facilities, where the best examples of a variety of breeds and crossbreeds raised by the region's ranchers compete. Manuel and his father have been working in farming for 15 years and this activity is their livelihood. Manuel has done well which has allowed him to lead a modest life. He learnt to work in farming from his family, who comes from an ethnic culture where farming is the main source of work. Manuel needs a loan to purchase fertilizer as well as other supplies so he can take care of his crops and avoid losses. He dreams that one day he may be able to build his own house and car. He would also like to meet a woman with whom he could start a good family. And this is his life's goal, which he believes to be more important than his economic goal. He is grateful to Fundacion Alternativa who helps those in the rural sector and believes in entrepreneurs who want to grow their businesses.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Helene Hansen

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