A loan of $1,425 helped a member to buy chickens, feed, and supplies for the chicken coops.

El Amanecer Group's story

The San José de Alluriquín parish is located in central northwest Ecuador in a rural area that is full of fertile land and leafy trees. It is in Santo Domingo, the capital of the San José de Alluriquín province in Santo Domingo. It is an Ecuadorean province that has experienced a high, sustained level of growth in recent years. The capital is a city which offers attractive, colorful, delicious fruits and cuisine. It also has a considerable amount of commerce as it has become a dry port where commercial exchange takes place between the country's mountainous and coastal regions. It also has various tourist attractions, which are very popular with national and international tourists, and a warm climate. That is why most of the city’s inhabitants have undertaken a commercial business activity or provide services for its residents and tourists.

The Aluriquín parish has unbelievable scenery where you can practice adventure sports, and it is just 20 minutes from the city. Families in the area have devoted themselves to agricultural and livestock business activities. This is the case with Sandra. She is a 22 year old woman, who in spite of financial and personal obstacles, was able to successfully complete high school. She now lives with her life partner, 24 year old Darwin. They have a son, whom they hope to always support until he becomes a professional. Sandra raises chickens to later sell. Due to the lack of capital and loan opportunities, she has not been able to increase her business in which she has a lot of experience. In order to achieve this objective she has requested a loan, which was offered speedily and with confidence, from Fundación Alternativa.

Taking advantage of this opportunity, Sandra has joined together with enterprising friends who are like her in order to get a group loan. The loan will be invested in each one of their businesses. Sandra will buy some chickens and supplies for raising them.

Juan will do the same. He also, with his wife’s help, raises and sells pigs. They do this in order to be able to support their three children, to give them an education, and to give them a decent life style.

Lastly, Deysi is 35 years old. She works in order to get her daughter ahead. She does this by selling clothes, cosmetics, and jewelry. She hopes to increase sales and use the loan to buy wholesale in order to get discounts and to have greater profits.

The thing the members of the group have in common is that they move around the city and nearby parishes to sell their products. This becomes hard work that requires a great deal of effort every day. Nevertheless, it has not been the reason for any of them to give up. Their personal and familial motivations strengthen them so that they continue on and fight for their dreams.

In this group: Sandra Gabriela, Deysi Marisol, Juan Agustin

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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