A loan of $1,075 helped to fix the cart he uses to sell iced drinks.


Jose Luis's story

Jose is 64 years old and completed primary school. He has six children, all of whom are now independent, though he does help them when they need support. He is married to 59 year old Jacinta who looks after the home. Jose lives with his wife and works hard to earn a living. They live in the Bomboli parish of Santo Domingo, the capital of Santo Domingo de las Tsáchilas, an Ecuadorean province that has had high sustained growth in the last few years. The most attractive and eye-catching sight of the province’s capital is the delicious fruits and the local gastronomy. There is also a considerable amount of business as it has become a trading point between the coastal and mountainous regions of the country. It also has various tourist attractions that, along with its hot climate, are popular with national and international tourists. For this reason, the majority of inhabitants have started up some business for inhabitants and tourists.
For eight years Jose has worked on the city’s long streets with a cart made for selling iced drinks, a common refreshment on sunny days in Santo Domingo’s coastal region. The work involves a lot of tasks: making ice, preparing the essences for the iced drinks’ flavours and going out to sell the product. Jose works eight hours every day. Seven of those hours are spent on the street selling his product, generally at dusk which is when demand for his drinks is highest. In previous years, people working in this kind of business brought the ice from the summit of a nearby snow-covered hill, wrapped up so that it does not lose its consistency. This tradition has now gone but it does not mean that producing the ice is any easier. In the time that Jose has done this work, his cart has deteriorated and it needs some repairs and some parts replaced. So, for this, he has applied for a loan that will help him with these repairs and that will allow him to buy ingredients to increase the variety of flavoured iced drinks he can offer. The one obstacle that always trips up Jose is a lack of capital and the difficulty in getting loans. This is an obstacle that is being overcome with Fundación Alternativa that, thanks to Kiva and its lenders, can provide Jose with the means and trust that he was hoping for.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw



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