A loan of $1,600 helped to invest in the sale of healthy and organic coffee and to buy tools for her business.

Gladys Erlinda's story

Gladys, 30, finished secondary school thanks to the help of her parents. Despite their scarce resources, they were able to give their daughter an education. Then she made an effort to do something else and studied in a beauty school. She is single and has one son. It has been very difficult for her to raise her son on her own, but now he has become her inspiration to advance in her work every day. They live in Pastaza, a canton in the province of the same name. It belongs to the Amazon region in the Republic of Ecuador. The main city in the canton is the city of Puyo, which is city located in the middle of the amazon jungle in the western part of Pastaza province, 924 meters above sea level. It's small, but it has several sites which are the favorites of domestic and international tourists, above all the sites for ecological activities and extreme sports. It's a city that grows every day because of its trade, ranching, agriculture, and tourism. Several branches of finance and trade companies have been established there to take advantage of the economic activity in the city. In every business, there are people who have not given up in the face of lack of employment, but rather have used their business ideas to live a dignified life and make their dreams a reality.

Gladys learned quickly at the beauty school she attended and she had experience in this field from the time she was young. Now she has her own beauty salon, which has provided for her home. She works 12 hours a day with enthusiasm and effort. She believes work is done better when it is enjoyed. At the same time, Gladys cares for her son and helps him with his homework. Now she wants to invest in a natural product - healthy and organic coffee that has curative and slimming properties, among others. This is because the mission of her small business is not only to provide hairdressing services, but to also give beauty and health advice to her customers. For this investment, she wants a loan that will help her to offer and sell this product and buy some tools for her business. This way, she can increase her income and give her son an education and see him become a professional. In addition to the council that her manager and Fundación Alternativa have given her, she learned to manage her goods in such a way that she can put part of her profits into a savings account. Over time, this will allow her to get her own house for the wellbeing of herself and her son.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caitlin Jones

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