A loan of $1,100 helped to buy seasonal clothes.

Blanca Fanny's story

Blanca, 60, is a hardworking woman who despite her age continues to work seeking daily support ignoring the health issues her age sometimes presents. She attended elementary school and the hardest challenge she’s had to face was the death of her husband some years ago. She has six adult children who live on their own, except Lilian, 21, who currently lives with her in Atuntaqui, a city in Imbabura Province in northern Ecuador. This is a place that has many historic sites of interest to those who visit in addition to a delicious cuisine that is the favorite of many in the country. Another well-known activity in this canton is textiles for industrial and artisanal clothes making has become an activity that contributes to the city’s support since the clothes manufactured here are preferred for their quality and design both nationally and internationally. It has a pleasant climate that’s dry and mild which helps keep the soil fertile and apt for growing cereals and legumes. Because of all these opportunities available in the city, Atuntaqui is considered to be an important productive center in Ecuador, a distinction that would not have been possible without the strength and enterprising spirit of its residents who at the same time generate employment for families in the Province.

Exposed to sudden rainfalls and high temperatures under the sun, Blanca has kept her casual clothing business open in an assigned stand on the street where several clothes merchants display their merchandise. Blanca has been in this activity for six years and she puts in ten-hour work days starting very early in the morning and going until sunset. Blanca is also always watchful of her home and the chores that must be done there; she also transports the merchandise by herself to her work space even though the bundles are very large. She wants to work and feel useful and this has led her to gain experience in all these details.

As time has passed, Blanca has learned that each season of the year demands a certain type of clothes b but that as styles change, good taste does not which is why she needs a loan to buy seasonal clothes to increase the variety of clothes she has so that her customers will find what they are looking for and Blanca will generate higher income to cover her needs and improve her quality of life. Blanca is grateful for the trust and quickness with which Fundación Alternativa has provided her loan and thanks people who through Kiva are part of her growth.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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