A loan of $850 helped to upgrade his livestock sheds and to pay for animal feed.

Jonny Eduardo's story

Jonny is a young 23 year old single man. He completed his primary school education in a public school in the area and lives in Santo Domingo canton in the province of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas. Santo Domingo connects the mountainous and coastal regions of Ecuador. It is a city that has become a commercial hub with several growth sectors and as proof you have several enterprising families that began some years ago with small businesses which have now become small enterprises contributing to job growth. Studies reveal that a majority of the businesses began by trial ad error and that they have been well received by passing tourists, businessmen and travelers who move from one region to another. Moreover, Santo Domingo is the third most populous city in the country.

Jonny lives in Luz de América parish in this canton, an area considered the gateway to the province because of the richness of its soil. It has been the birthplace of several food companies as well as the area of greatest papaya production and exportation of exotic fruit. Consequently most of the inhabitants of the parish engage in agriculture and also livestock raising, a factor motivating several entrepreneurs in the area to strengthen these enterprises through their work, experience and effort.

Jonny is a man who, from the time he was a child, learned how to raise all kinds of animals from his parents. His help was essential so that his parents could meet their responsibilities of putting food on the table. For the past two years Jonny has been working independently raising pigs and ducks for later re-sale. He manages their feeding and health needs during their stay before selling them at market for a good price. These tasks take about 8 hours every day on different schedules depending on the needs of the animals and weather conditions.

Jonny has seen the need to expand and upgrade the sheds where his animals stay and has requested a loan for this purpose as well as to buy animal feed wholesale so that he can obtain the best price from his provider. Previously, Jonny has had difficulty obtaining loans from various financial institutions because he lives in a rural parish several kilometers from the city and this has made it difficult for the loan officers to make the long trip required to reach his house. Thanks to Fundación Alternativa, this barrier has been overcome since they care about people in rural areas, and thanks to Kiva, today Jonny is able to receive the help that he needs to grow as a small business man, a dream that many of you are a part of!!

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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