A loan of $1,075 helped to start her studies as a nurse, so she can support her son.

Jessica Maribel's story

Jessica is a young woman of 21. She became a single mother before she reached adulthood. This has been the main obstacle she has faced, since it prevented her from studying. She finished primary school and hopes to continue studying for a technical high school degree with a specialty in nursing. She currently lives with her parents, Enrique and Carmen, who are 46 years old, and with her 3-year-old son. Together they live in a rural parish of the city of Quito, capital of the province and of Ecuador. Its name is Gualea, a parish located in the northwest of the province of Pichincha, which was the site of an Ecuadorian culture known as Los Yumbos. This place has great diversity of flora and fauna, as well as rivers and waterfalls from crystalline springs which attract tourists from within and outside the country. Thus, the inhabitants take advantage of the opportunity to offer tours, lodging services, food, and nature activities such as horseback rides, etc. Another means of production in the area is ranching, with the production of milk and meat, as well as agriculture with the production of sugar cane, yuca, corn, oranges, mandarines and papayas. Crafts produced by hand are also a business opportunity in the area; they are in demand due to the unique use of natural materials, such as seeds from the forest. Because of all this, the local authorities have taken care to create appropriate infrastructure so that all of its more than 2000 inhabitants have access to basic utility services.

Jessica has been supported by her parents to cover the necessities for herself and her son. However, having experience in milking cows since she was a girl, she decided to get involved in this business, where she has received help and advice from her parents for the past 2 years. She invests several hours a day in this work, without neglecting the chores of her home and the care of her little son. Now she is requesting a loan so that she can cover the expenses involved in returning to her studies, since she has always dreamed of being a nurse, and she thinks that now is the time to achieve this goal. Jessica is sure that the sale of milk will sustain her in covering the payments for the loan, without neglecting her obligations to her son. She is committed to giving him an excellent education and seeing him become a professional. Jessica is grateful to the Alternativa Foundation and to Kiva for the unconditional support they provide to the rural sector and to entrepreneurial people who need financial support.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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