A loan of $1,075 helped to buy cattle and vegetable seeds to diversify his crops.

Segundo Roberto's story

Segundo is 21 years old and is single. He finished his secondary studies in Alausí where he currently lives. He is also studying to learn about computers and other things that can help him grow his business.

Alausí is a canton of the province of Chimborazo in Ecuador. It is know for its stone architectural structures and flowers which turned it into a highly visited tourist attraction. It also has the title of Patrimonio Nacional (National Heritage). There are several natural sites throughout the city that are worth visiting because of the magnificent landscape. With the tourism and agriculture, commerce becomes stronger each day allowing the city to have a sustained development and its inhabitants to have a better quality of life, since not all homes have basic services.

Segundo was born in the country and raised learning about agriculture. He is currently dedicated to the production and commercialization of grains. He spends 8 hours a days working. He thinks it is important to offer a variety of products in order to grow a business. Therefore, with his experience in agriculture, he thinks that there are products in high demand by customers such as potatoes, carrots and other vegetables. This is what he wants to start planting. For this he requires a loan that will allow him to buy seeds and supplies for planting them. He also wants to buy cattle to raise, then sell.

All of this will help him to contribute to the livelihood of his home and also to continue preparing academically to become a micro-businessman.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer SUZANNE FORD

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