A loan of $1,075 helped to buy baby pigs and expand his pigsties.

Segundo Javier's story

Pastaza is located in the center of the ecuadorian highlands, near the rainforest and in the middle of the countryside. This canton belongs to the province of the same name, which belongs to the Republic of Ecuador's amazonic region. It is an urban area, but the town still preserves its green areas. The city of Puyo is the largest in the canton, located 924 meters above sea level. It is demographically small, but there is a great variety of sites which are preferred tourist destinations for domestic and international visitors, especially those related to ecological activities and extreme sports. The city's economy is growing daily, due to commercial activity, ranching, farming, and tourism. Every opportunity is seized for these activities to support its inhabitants. In every business there are people who have not given up in the face of unemployment and have started their own business ventures in order to earn a decent living and make their dreams come true.

That is the case of Segundo, a young man who at the age of 24 has made a way for himself in order to get ahead. After he finished primary school, he had difficulty finding work, so four years ago, he adapted his land to the production of sugarcane and the raising of pigs to sell. He learned from his parents' example. They always worked hard in this business in order to raise their family and cover their daily needs. Segundo is single, and has high expectations for his future.

He is undoubtedly an enterprising man. He invests ten hours per day in tending to his crops and animals, as well as in cleaning up the pigsties and selling his products. He wants his business to grow so that he can become known in his whole area, which is why he has requested a loan. He will use it to purchase baby pigs so that he can continue with his business, because he must replace the ones that are sold. He will also take another step towards expanding his business, which is to increase his pigsties so that he can offer more animals. Segundo has had a hard time obtaining capital from financial institutions, so he is grateful to Kiva for intervening so that people all over the world are able to live their dreams.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mariana Sanchis

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