A loan of $1,600 helped to buy more chickens.

Wilson Eduardo's story

Wilson, 22, is a hardworking young man. He's single and has no children. Wilson grew up in a hardworking and strong family dedicated to agriculture and other activities in Portoviejo. They're close even in difficult circumstances, and Wilson finished secondary school thanks to his parents. Now he lives alone and is beginning his university studies, which he plans to finish by tackling any obstacle.

He lives in a house that he hasn't finished building in Los Bancos, a canton in the province of Pichincha, one of the largest in the Republic of Ecuador. This canton is located a few kilometers from the city of Quito and has a variety of forests. Also, its neighborhoods are inhabited by friendly people with traditions typical of this city, where there are also several micro-businesses run by entrepreneurs who strive every day to make their dreams come true. Other notable activities are agriculture and livestock, which produce abundant crops that are they sold for distribution in many provinces. There are also a variety of tourist attractions, such as waterfalls, rivers, trails, and hot springs, which attract tourists for adventure sports that are offered there with security guaranteed.

Wilson is part of this community, and he has developed his entrepreneurial spirit while also thinking about being a protagonist in the economic growth of his city and of the country.

Wilson became independent from his parents to look for better opportunities for growth and education that he wasn't able to find in Portoviejo. After some time working in various jobs he has decided to begin his university studies, paid for with the income from the job he started three years ago, raising chickens. He set it up on his own initiative when he saw the need to support himself every day. He invests about 10 hours a day on this activity, depending on his schedule for caring for the animals. In addition, on the weekend he goes out in full sun or even in the rain to sell chickens in the local street fair.

Wilson has acquired enough experience in the job and now he needs to increase his income, so he's going to buy more chickens to raise and, consequently, expand his poultry farm.

Wilson hopes that with this increase in his profits he'll be able to pay for his studies as well as make the necessary finishing touches to his house. Wilson needs a loan to make this challenge possible, so he went to the branch of Fundación Alternativa in Los Bancos. He found a lot of flexibility, trust, and support for entrepreneurs and people in the rural sector who lack opportunities to have capital.

This determined young man is grateful for Kiva's participation so that various people around the world will be part of his dreams and his personal and professional growth.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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