A loan of $1,075 helped to buy sugar cane seeds and supplies to make brown sugar.

Carlos Orlando's story

Carlos, 36, is a single man. Thanks to his parents' efforts he was able to finish elementary school, but then their lack of financial resources sent him to work at a young age so he could support his needs. Despite having a job that demands a lot of time and effort, he hasn't neglected raising and supporting his young son who currently is two years old and who, due to adverse circumstances, was abandoned by his mother.

Now Carlos lives with his son in Pacto, a parish in Quito Canton in the province of Pichincha in the Republic of Ecuador. Pacto is located in the northwest of the Quito Metropolitan District. Its history began in the pre-Inca period and its name comes from pacts made between important political parties. With regard to its economy, it's an agricultural and livestock area because of its climate and geography. This also affects the harvests, which produce coastal as well as highland crops. The people there live every day from these activities; although it's far from the city, there are families that have undertaken every type of work to cover their necessities and those of their community.

Carlos inherited his parents' ability to make bricks of brown sugar, a sweetener that replaces sugar but in a more natural and healthy form that uses sugar cane as its raw material and that also has vitamins. Carlos spends eight or ten hours a day on this job in addition to the household activities, including caring for his young child. With the experience he has acquired over the years and the growth in the sugar cane industry in the last few years, he feels ready for growth.

This is why Carlos is requesting a loan to buy sugar cane seeds and other implements that will increase his production so he can improve his lifestyle and his son's. He wants to give his son the education that he himself didn't have to opportunity to get in his youth.

Also, Carlos would like to buy himself a vehicle in the future so he can reach more customers who request his product.

Carlos is grateful to Fundación Alternativa in Ecuador and to Kiva for making possible his business growth and personal growth.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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